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 Ulster County performing?
Ulster County spent $322 million in 2014, or $1,790 per capita, lower than the per-capita spending of Orange ($2,140) but higher than Dutchess ($1,530). Ulster's spending per capita was also lower than the state (excluding NYC) of $2,150. Spending fell 13% in Ulster from 2012 to 2014, and currently stands at the same level as in 2000. In contrast, spending increased in Dutchess (7%), Orange (20%), and the state (excluding NYC) (9%) over that period.
Notes about the data
Data are presented in constant 2014 dollars. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.