Largest cities receive mixed grades for financial stewardship

(The Center Square) – A report on the financial statuses of U.S. cities gave Florida’s largest mixed grades. 

The 2024 Financial State of the Cities report by Truth in Accounting gave Jacksonville and Miami poor marks and Orlando and Tampa passing grades. 

The methodology is to examine the cities’ bills, their respective number of taxpayers and determine if there is burden or surplus for each. Grades of “A” or “B” are given to governments making their balanced budget requirements; “C” for passing if it comes close; and “D” and “F” when it is not balanced and there are significant taxpayer burdens.

According to the report, Florida’s largest city, Jacksonville, gets a “D” grade and an overall ranking of 65th. Its financial situation has worsened by almost $1 billion ($984.6 million) and the taxpayer burden is $11,200.

Investment market values negatively impacted the city’s pension investments, and the report notes the
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