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Local government debt in Wisconsin hit record levels in 2020, driven upward by low interest rates, infrastructure needs, and a little-known incentive in state law. Even after adjusting for inflation and population growth, debt levels are the highest on record for cities and other municipalities in the state. While the growth in property values has made it easier for local governments to repay their debts, currently rising interest rates could create new challenges by increasing the costs of new debt and slowing the growth in property values.

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