Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Regional Trends

Despite the greater number of respondents expecting their revenues to fall compared to last year's survey, across the board, respondents reported increasing their operating expenditures from 2007 to 2010 by a minimum of 7.5 percent, though all predict a drop in their expenditures from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009. Interestingly, the top three biggest increases to operating expenditures are also the three regions that reported the highest overall operating expenditures, and also reported the top three biggest decreases from 2008 to 2009.

Number one in terms of operating expenses is the Western region. Respondents in this region reported the highest operating expenditures for 2008 to 2010, and expect to increase their expenditures by the greatest amount between 2007 and 2010, by 38.1 percent to $2,020,000. This is after seeing the biggest drop in 2009, by 15.2 percent from the number reported for 2008.

Second is the South Atlantic region, which predicts an overall increase of 27.6 percent to operating expenditures from 2007 to 2010, with a drop of 14.6 percent in 2009 from 2008's reported average operating budget of $2,019,000.

The Midwest is third in line for increases, with respondents in this region anticipating a 17.1 percent rise from 2007 to 2010, and reporting a 14.6 percent drop in 2009 from 2008's average operating expenditure of $1,849,000.

The Northeast, which reports the smallest operating expenditures of any region, still reports a gain of 15.5 percent between 2007 and 2010, after seeing a 10.5 percent decrease in 2009 from the 2008 operating budget.

Finally, the South Central region anticipates the smallest increase from 2007 to 2010, of 7.5 percent, after seeing a 12.7 percent decrease in operating expenditures between 2008 and 2009. (See Figure 28.)