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Crain's Detroit Business

One-fourth of Monroe’s revenue in tax fight with DTE Energy

An overdependence on one industry has proven a pitfall for other U.S. municipalities. Detroit collapsed into bankruptcy after decades of seeing its population dwindle as auto-industry jobs disappeared. Atlantic City had to be rescued by New Jersey as some casinos shuttered and others appealed their tax bills. Wayne, New Jersey, could be in trouble now that its third-largest taxpayer, Toys 'R' Us, is out of business.

"A concentrated tax base is a principal credit risk in a small government," said Matt Fabian, managing director and senior analyst at Municipal Market Analytics Inc. "Their reliance on a single industry or company creates potential volatility and that could be hard for a small government to manage."

Tim Holler