In the recent document from the Department of Legislative Services entitled “Overview of State Aid to Local Governments – FY 2011 Allowance,” a real snapshot painted of support for actual local government functions (as opposed to education and other areas where counties are supporters as well).
For the segments of the report that offer the multi-year perspective, see this link from the MACo website. Direct support for county and municipal governments has dropped by 62.5% from FY 2007 to FY 2011 — nearly $600 million.
MACo plans to continue populating this page as budget issues arise in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned to the blog and the MACo website, for more information on budget issues affecting county governments.