Spending for County Government
What does this measure?
The annual per-capita spending for county government, adjusted for inflation.
Why is this important?
Government provides critical services to communities, but the cost to taxpayers can be burdensome and can hinder efforts to attract and retain business.
How is Orange County performing?
In 2014, Orange County government spent $804 million in total, or $2,140 per capita, higher than Ulster ($1,790), Dutchess ($1,530), and on par with the state (excluding NYC). Despite falling by 8% from 2013, the figure in 2014 is 20% above the level in 2000 (the largest increase in the region). In the first half of the decade, spending per capita in Orange was closer to other counties, but the rate rose by 21% between 2006 and 2007, and has since stayed around the 2007 level.
Notes about the data
Data are presented in constant 2014 dollars. Orange did not report this data for 2009. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.