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 $1,850 in 2014, compared to the statewide (excluding NYC) figure of $2,150. Per-capita county government spending in the region increased 12% from 2000 to 2014, but 2014 was the third consecutive year in which per-capita spending declined. Orange had the highest per-capita spending of the counties in the region in 2014, at $2,140, followed by Ulster at $1,790 and Dutchess at $1,530. Orange also had the largest increase in per-capita spending from 2000 to 2014 at 20%, compared to 7% for Dutchess and unchanged for Ulster.
Notes about the data
Data are presented in constant 2014 dollars. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.