City Debt

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Debt can crowd out other priorities from the budget. A temporary increase for a good reason is understandable, but constant, high levels of debt put the taxpayer on the hook for more interest payments in the future. City Council members should pay off debt in a timely manner without taking on additional burdens.

The map and table below show each city’s population and a four-year history of debt per capita.

All Iowa cities included. Click on a column heading to sort.

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