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Rise in Foreclosures and Real Estate Owned Properties Hit City Budget

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
The huge supplies of foreclosed houses and real estate owned properties in Peoria, Arizona, have been largely blamed for the financial difficulties faced by the city. Local officials have stated that the housing market must recover for city finances to improve.

The number of Tucson bank owned homes and foreclosed houses in Peoria rose again last year, along with most of the major markets of Arizona. Local officials in Peoria are currently discussing budget plans for the coming two years. Most of them admitted that major reductions will be made on the operating budget so that the city can cope with the impact of the housing crisis and the recession.

One of their primary concerns is the recovery of the housing industry. Officials stated that foreclosures and bank owned properties in Arizona are weighing down the city's housing. They also admitted that the residential property sector needs to recover for the local economy to get better. Unless the home market attains some semblance of balance, the financial recovery of the city will be slow, officials further added.

Budget officials have reported that the job market has shown some improvements in the past months, but the depth of the problem of foreclosure and real estate owned properties continues to hammer the housing industry, leading officials to state that a full economic recovery will likely take a while. City financial experts are currently looking at other ways to balance the city budget and keep the area's economy relatively healthy in the coming two years.

Since most of them have admitted that there is not much that can be done for the housing sector until bank owned properties listings decline, they focus on other areas from which they can derive some savings. One of these is saving money from public employment payrolls by offering a buyout package to city workers, which is expected to provide savings of $2.5 million annually.

The city government remains optimistic that despite the presence of huge numbers of foreclosures and real estate owned properties, the area will be able to pull through. Right now, they stated that the important thing is to focus on the next two years and try to get businesses and educational institutions to build bases in the city.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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