CHICAGO — A growing number of local governments in Michigan are beginning to see glimmers of fiscal stability for the first time in years, according to a new report by the University of Michigan.

Challenges like falling property-tax revenue and rising infrastructure needs continue to plague many jurisdictions, especially larger cities in the southeast part of the state around Detroit, the 2012 annual survey shows. Nearly half of communities with more than 30,000 residents reported a declining ability to meet their fiscal needs in 2012 compared to more than 60% in 2011.

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