CHICAGO — A survey that included more than half of Michigan’s counties show they are struggling with unfunded other post-employment benefit liabilities of $3 billion.

The counties reported non-pension OPEB liabilities totaling $4 billion, of which $3 billion is unfunded. The report, by the independent research group Citizens Research Council of Michigan, examined 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Researchers examined only counties in an effort to narrow their focus, but the report warned that most local governments across the state face similar liabilities amid rising fiscal challenges.

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