The price of local government in 2017: Stephenson County
That's an increase of 25.5 percent from 2016, when the county spent $38.05 million.
Stephenson County has a population of 47,711.
Since 2001, the Stephenson County budget has grown by 29 percent, from $37 million. The county population has fallen 1.4 percent over the same period, from 48,401.
Salaries accounted for 28.5 percent of county spending in 2017. Stephenson County property taxpayers paid $13.61 million for 260 full-time employees and 74 part-time employees.
In 2001, the county had 325 full-time employees and 70 part-time employees, and spent $18.45 million.
All values in this story are inflation-adjusted real values.