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 the region performing?
Per-capita spending by county governments in the Mid-Hudson Valley was $1,909 in 2015, compared to the statewide (excluding NYC) figure of $2,151. Per-capita county government spending in the region increased 15% from 2000 to 2015 and 3% since 2014.
Orange had the highest per-capita spending among the counties in the region in 2015, at $2,205, followed by Ulster at $1,839 and Dutchess at $1,574. Orange County, at 24%, also had the largest percentage increase in per-capita spending from 2000 to 2015, compared to 10% in Dutchess and 3% in Ulster.
Notes about the data
Data are presented in constant 2015 dollars. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.