The price of local government in 2017: Mercer County
That's an increase of 6.2 percent from 2016, when the county spent $11.03 million.
Mercer County has a population of 15,618.
Since 2001, the Mercer County budget has fallen by 1.8 percent, from $11.93 million. The county population has fallen 7.9 percent over the same period, from 16,957.
Salaries accounted for 34.3 percent of county spending in 2017. Mercer County property taxpayers paid $4.02 million for 68 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.