Relative Measures Per Resident Part Two

I rarely get many comments, but DGDood scraped a nerve here, saying in comments:

You should post this over at DGreport. More people need to see how we overpay. One reason local government wants to get this big stormwater public works project going is so they become indispensable cogs in that gravy train.

and three days later:

You still haven’t put this over at DGreport. Chicken? Don;t want to upset anyone? I’ll do it if you won’t. Where did you get the info?

This is where reports are put on-line at Daniel Hynes Office of the Comptroller. Municipalities are required to file annual standardized reports. It piqued my interest because DG has yet to file their 2007 report.

My original intent was to examine how very high debt like Hoffman Estates can effect budgeting due to TIC’s (Total Interest Cost)of carrying debt. I found the tangential staff comparisons interesting because some municipalities like Wheaton seem to get by with less.

2006

Wheaton

Downers Grove

Population*

55,416

48,274

Total Appropriation

83,669,691

78,362,884

Total Debt

52,455,000

50,526,332

Interest Payments

2,032,558

1,807,619

Principle Payments

2,345,000

650,000

Employees FT

274

360

Employees PT

106

75

Employee Cost

18,020,489

31,617,304

EAV

1,807,481,291

2,057,634,957

Miles of Streets

165

165

Land Area Sq. Miles

11.52

14.4

Acres of Parks

800

600

* 2000 Census is last official census

There could be further breakdown to find where the differences are by department, but I do not have a driving interest in stirring that pot.

Be my guest DGDood. Do your own research and blog it wherever you like.

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