Revenues down 6% in Maine communities, survey shows

Posted Nov. 03, 2011, at 5:40 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A survey of city and town governments across Maine shows their operating revenues are slipping.

The Maine Municipal Association says local governments in the state received a 6 percent reduction in operating revenue from all sources last year. That has caused municipalities to cut back on services including general administration, code enforcement, libraries, parks and human services.

The association’s annual survey is conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 220 municipalities, accounting for 45 percent of all towns and cities in Maine, participated in this year’s survey.

It found that in 2010, all of the municipalities statewide, including those not surveyed, collected an estimated $3.5 billion in federal, state and local revenues. That means revenues were down by 6 percent from the previous year.

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