A new report found that Los Angeles taxpayers are on the hook for $49,700. Truth in Accounting (TIA) released the City Combined Taxpayer Burden Report that analyzed the fiscal health of the 10 largest cities in the United States, including underlying government entities. Not only are city taxpayers on the hook for the city government’s debt, but also the debt of the state, county, school district, transit authority, and more. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Reserve recently announced that it would buy the municipal bond debt of the states and large cities. This report analyzed the fiscal health of the 10 most populated cities based on financial reports before COVID-19 hit. These cities went into the pandemic with bad fiscal health, and they will come out of the pandemic even worse.

The report calculates the Taxpayer Burden for each city and its underlying governments. A Taxpayer Burden is the approximate amount each taxpayer would have to give the government in order to pay off the government’s debt. This is calculated by taking the total debt for the government and dividing it by the total number of taxpayers. To calculate Los Angeles’ Combined Taxpayer Burden, TIA looked at the debt of the city, county, state, and other underlying entities. For Los Angeles these underlying entities were made up of a school district, a community college district, a transportation authority, and a water district.

Los Angeles $49,700 Taxpayer Burden is made up of seven entities and their Taxpayer Burdens: 

While the city of Los Angeles has a Taxpayer Burden of $4,000, once the debt of the county, state, and nine other underlying entities are added together the combined Taxpayer Burden jumps to $49,700.