The price of local government: City of Orient
That's a decrease of 24.4 percent from 2014, when the city spent $303,591.47, or $2,216 per household.
Orient has 137 households and a population of 358.
Since 2003, the City of Orient budget has fallen by 23 percent, from $297,943.80. The city population has grown 16.6 percent over the same period, from 307.
Salaries accounted for 20.4 percent of city spending in 2015. Orient property taxpayers paid $46,814.94 for 10 part-time employees, or an average of $4,681.49 each, before their health care benefits and taxpayer-funded pension contributions.
In 2003, the city had 18 part-time employees and spent $56,631.96, or $3,146.22 each.
All values in this story are inflation-adjusted real values.