Municipal Analysis: City of Poway (updated July 2010)

Property and sales tax account for approximately 95% of the City of Poway’s total governmental tax revenue. In FY 2009, property tax accounted for 79.83% of total governmental tax revenue. Poway’s largest governmental expenditure is public safety, and single largest overall expenditure is debt service. The City’s fastest growing areas of expenditure are public works and capital outlay. Between FY 1999 – FY 2009 the City’s population increased by 5.90%, while staffing decreased by 5.53%. When adjusting for inflation, the City’s total pension costs have increased 214.22% between FY 1999 and FY 2009. At the end of FY 2009, the City of Poway had long-term debt per capita of $5,658.40.

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Hilary LeBeuf