CHICAGO — The debt burden of state and local government borrowers in Iowa rose in fiscal 2011 by 6.6% to $13.8 billion, according to a report published last week by Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald’s office.

Total debt outstanding stood at $13.8 billion in fiscal 2011, up from $12.9 billion a year earlier, according to the annual report. Debt levels have steadily risen and are up from about $4 billion in fiscal 2007. All political subdivisions and agencies of the state are required to disclose debt obligations annually to the treasurer’s office.

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