The price of local government in 2017: City of Orient
That's an increase of 32.5 percent from 2016, when the city spent $288,750, or $2,108 per household.
Orient has 137 households and a population of 198.
Since 2003, the City of Orient budget has grown by 24.6 percent, from $306,972. The city population has fallen 35.5 percent over the same period, from 307.
Salaries accounted for 16.9 percent of city spending in 2017. Orient property taxpayers paid $64,821 for 10 part-time employees, or an average of $6,482 each, before their health care benefits and taxpayer-funded pension contributions.
In 2003, the city had 18 part-time employees and spent $58,348, or $3,242 each.
All values in this story are inflation-adjusted real values.