Economy
Spending for County Government

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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 $2,218 in 2018, compared to the statewide (excluding NYC) figure of $2,496. Per-capita county government spending in the region increased 14% from 2000 to 2018.

Sullivan had the highest per-capita spending among the counties in the region in 2018, at $3,984, followed by Greene at $2,502 and Columbia at $2,392. Orange County, at 22%, closely followed by Dutchess at 20%, had the largest percentage increase in per-capita spending from 2000 to 2018. On the other hand, Columbia County had little change in its per-capita spending in that time period, and Putnam County decreased its spending by 8%.

Notes about the data

Data are presented in constant 2018 dollars. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Spending for County Government
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Region$1,947$2,005$1,980$2,076$2,057$2,116$2,075$2,233$2,183$2,232$2,241$2,205$2,218$2,199$2,106$2,151$2,208$2,222$2,218
Columbia County$2,385$2,064$2,218$2,334$2,369$2,526$2,298$2,552$2,403$2,413$2,546$2,576$2,552$2,718$2,612$2,665$2,709$2,382$2,392
Dutchess County$1,529$1,554$1,592$1,629$1,618$1,795$1,660$1,794$1,804$1,749$1,788$1,715$1,715$1,679$1,645$1,698$1,779$1,765$1,839
Greene County$2,245$2,297$2,341$2,536$2,262$2,286$2,508$2,371$2,441$2,632$2,371$2,553$2,506$2,633$2,378$2,415$2,342$2,467$2,502
Orange County$1,931$1,953$1,986$1,985$2,020$2,045$2,052$2,453$2,336$2,443$2,473$2,435$2,416$2,512$2,312$2,390$2,394$2,421$2,360
Putnam County$1,768$1,346$1,531$1,912$1,677$1,801$1,775$1,675$1,583$1,732$1,611$1,558$1,658$1,543$1,621$1,592$1,637$1,635$1,634
Sullivan County$3,416$3,867$3,410$3,450$3,460$3,314$3,249$3,394$3,138$3,259$3,414$3,245$3,328$3,146$3,317$3,363$3,745$4,251$3,984
Ulster County$1,888$2,309$2,062$2,280$2,291$2,252$2,263$2,161$2,265$2,252$2,212$2,230$2,277$2,064$1,948$1,953$1,981$1,906$1,980
NYS (excluding NYC)$2,421$2,453$2,419$2,435$2,549$2,516$2,520$2,630$2,672$2,675$2,621$2,498$2,535$2,494$2,492$2,522$2,546$2,519$2,496

Source: New York State Office of the State Comptroller
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.




Total County Government Spending
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Region2,102,743,8302,191,059,7652,187,727,0242,318,413,9122,315,536,3812,391,977,4112,353,183,9432,539,215,3092,488,421,3732,547,225,8912,560,077,5262,520,547,0252,528,238,7802,503,150,8682,392,387,2072,437,685,7612,500,092,7132,520,091,6982,519,410,020
Columbia County150,441,581129,903,958140,134,297147,778,725150,766,558160,941,644145,755,380161,856,838151,966,980152,094,302160,565,711161,033,973159,342,633168,937,506161,766,174163,748,518164,947,541143,900,584143,304,787
Dutchess County428,072,803442,545,894458,112,570473,539,982473,864,284528,431,535489,160,408529,718,933534,483,823519,242,387531,892,463511,417,841509,461,863497,544,889485,658,751499,290,567521,342,169517,887,927540,056,171
Greene County107,788,862110,196,659112,787,633122,794,959110,275,402112,346,365124,202,169117,441,165120,760,255129,960,437116,699,739124,706,488121,767,170127,184,225114,035,604115,032,892111,310,930117,135,583118,812,830
Orange County659,196,643679,150,417700,925,334712,204,313733,307,137745,561,380752,987,380903,739,221864,849,551909,000,494922,057,337911,042,260903,069,949940,815,893867,302,773898,981,750905,150,198919,465,076901,216,607
Putnam County169,252,377130,604,500150,443,706189,267,192166,791,209179,375,560176,367,225166,631,155157,575,316172,638,429160,517,989155,525,378165,192,285153,648,282161,209,002157,993,556161,791,223161,803,990161,600,618
Sullivan County252,356,501286,699,001253,902,790260,310,451263,848,355254,474,686250,893,339264,711,527243,976,825253,062,109264,633,619250,042,441256,064,619242,063,532250,901,675251,739,547280,798,589319,173,841300,811,044
Ulster County335,635,063411,959,337371,420,694412,518,290416,683,436410,846,242413,818,042395,116,470414,808,623411,227,733403,710,667406,778,643413,340,261372,956,540351,513,227350,898,929354,752,064340,724,698353,607,962
NYS (excluding NYC)26,558,439,08427,039,919,53626,767,968,85227,045,110,61528,362,030,28227,979,002,86427,995,155,82629,242,196,93829,774,677,91029,891,111,23529,360,919,19428,039,981,96428,454,261,36028,005,666,78327,961,186,58128,228,476,22128,422,597,53427,977,198,46327,691,033,261

Source: New York State Office of the State Comptroller
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Maintaining
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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