Almost half of the mayors in cities and towns across the country feel that they are being labeled the “bad guys” because of the deteriorating fiscal situation in their municipalities, a new poll shows.
According to a Reader’s Digest survey, 48 percent of mayors suffer from feeling like they are bad guys because of the way they handle budget crises, often by raising taxes or cutting services, Reuters reports. More than one of ten mayors, 12 percent, of those surveyed said they were frustrated by the lack of appreciation of the tough decisions they must make.
Asked whether they were “surprised by the depth and length of the current economic crisis,” the majority of the mayors surveyed – 54 percent – said they were surprised, while 23 percent said they were very surprised.
Almost all of the 52 mayors of cities of 20,000 or more people said they are “anxiously seeking new revenue sources other than taxes,” Reuters reports of the Reader’s Digest poll, while 65 percent of them are considering raising fees for services.
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