The price of local government in 2016: Watson Township
That's an increase of 12.8 percent from 2015, when the township spent $319,367.
Watson Township has a population of 3,200.
Since 2001, the Watson Township budget has fallen by 13.9 percent, from $418,664. The township population has grown 0.4 percent over the same period, from 3,186.
Salaries accounted for 14.1 percent of township spending in 2016. Watson Township property taxpayers paid $50,964 for 12 part-time employees, or an average of $4,247 each, before their health care benefits and taxpayer-funded pension contributions.
In 2001, the township had one full-time employee and 11 part-time employees, and spent $60,911.
All values in this story are inflation-adjusted real values.