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  • Airport

    Air transportation enterprises responsible for operating and/or maintaining a public airport, system of airports or combined port facility. Airports exist at the state, regional, county and municipal levels, and are often operated by the...
  • City

    A municipality that provides a broad range of services to its residents, including general government, public safety, culture, education or recreation. Debt obligations are most often payable through the collection of taxes (primarily...
  • Hospital

    Health care providers operating one or more acute care facilities. Providers can be a single local or regional facility, or a state or nation-wide health system. The types of facilities include general acute care, children’s, critical...
  • Private Higher Ed

    Not-for-profit colleges and universities that are operated by a private or non-government agency. The primary sources of revenue are tuition and fees, private gifts, grants and contracts, investment earnings, auxiliary enterprises and...
  • Retail Electric

    Stand-alone or combined utilities whose primary deliverable is retail customer electricity. Debt obligations are often payable from revenue and operations of the retail electric utility.
  • State

    U.S. states and territories that provide services for residents including; agriculture and natural resource management, economic development programs, education, health and human services, infrastructure improvement, judicial services...

Footnotes

Which Municipal Bond Issuers Have the Speediest Audit Times?

Interest groups ranging from bond investors to government watchdogs to regulators have regularly called for faster audit times from municipal bond issuers. Timely audit reporting is essential for credit evaluation and proper pricing in the municipal bond market and is an important indicator of good governance and...

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Tracking Municipalities’ Reliance on Top Taxpayers - Exploring Commercial Real Estate Positions in 33 Major U.S. Cities

Commercial real estate properties—especially office and hospitality spaces located in downtown central business districts—are among the top generators of property tax revenue for cities across the country. Yet over the past two years, COVID-19-related disruptions have cast a pall on downtown real estate. Vacancy rates are...

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