L.A. Debt Jumps From $8 Billion to $17 Billion
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Other Counties Also Doing the 'GASB Gasp'
GASB ("GAZ-bee") and CAFR ("CAF-er") are two of 2016's most important acronyms. That's because the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) mandated that, beginning this year, governments must report unfunded public employee pension liabilities on their audited balance sheets in their Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR).
As the fiscal year 2014/15 CAFRs start rolling out, pension debts are swamping local government balance sheets. Here are a few recent unrestricted net assets (deficit) examples:
Los Angeles County
Santa Clara County
With California's 58 counties, 482 cities, 1,000's of local government agencies, and the State of California due to report CAFRs in the coming weeks, California’s cumulative net worth could decline by a half trillion-dollars.