The price of local government in 2016: Mercer County
That's a decrease of 15.5 percent from 2015, when the county spent $13.06 million.
Mercer County has a population of 16,434.
Since 2001, the Mercer County budget has fallen by 7.6 percent, from $11.93 million. The county population has fallen 3.1 percent over the same period, from 16,957.
Salaries accounted for 36.1 percent of county spending in 2016. Mercer County property taxpayers paid $3.99 million for 70 full-time employees and 52 part-time employees.
In 2001, the county had 235 full-time employees and 135 part-time employees, and spent $3.55 million.
All values in this story are inflation-adjusted real values.