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Our Largest Cities, Many of Them Democrat Strongholds, Are Drowning in Municipal Debt

America’s 10 largest cities, largely Democrat [1] strongholds, are drowning in municipal debt, according to a new report [2] from government watchdog Truth in Accounting [3].

The report sought out “to determine what … overlapping financial entities mean for taxpayers’ bottom line.”

Truth in Accounting said its purpose was to “calculate the various bills (and surpluses, when available) at the city government level and divide them out to determine a per-Taxpayer [4] Burden.”

The two cities with the highest burden are Chicago and New York City.

Chicago’s combined taxpayer burden is $119,110 — while New York City’s combined taxpayer burden is $85,600.

Chicago has been a hotbed for such burdens.

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The Chicago City Council approved $2.4 billion in tax subsidies for two major developments in early April.

Protesters gathered at City Hall chanting against the deals.

Critics said the projects are in prosperous parts of Chicago and developers should pay for infrastructure improvements, not taxpayers.

Forbes [6] reported that the city of Chicago’s taxpayer burden is attached to unfunded retirement obligations amassed over of a number of years: $39 billion in retirement benefits have been promised; and $28 billion in pension and $842.9 million in retiree health care benefits haven’t been funded.

Lower in debt were Los Angeles and Philadelphia:

The report questioned if cities’ annual financial reports “comprehensively track municipal accounts such as school districts, transit agencies, utility systems, etc.”

Annual financial reports “for a city [don’t] present the full picture of their fiscal position, and is deceptive to the public,” the report said.

The mission statement of Truth in Accounting, founded in 2002, is “to educate and empower citizens with understandable, reliable, and transparent government financial information.”

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. This Fox News [7] piece is used by permission.

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