The price of local government: City of Wilmington
The city of Wilmington budget was $17.34 million for its 2015 fiscal year, or $8,538.55 per household.
That's a decrease of 16.7 percent from 2014, when the city spent $20.81 million, or $10,244.70 per household.
Wilmington has 2,031 households and a population of 6,212.
Since 2001, the city of Wilmington budget has grown by 154.1 percent, from $6.83 million. The city population has grown 21 percent over the same period, from 5,134.
Salaries accounted for 14.8 percent of city spending in 2015. Wilmington property taxpayers paid $2.57 million for 41 full-time employees and 23 part-time employees.
In 2001, the city had 34 full-time employees and 48 part-time employees and spent $2.02 million.
All values in this story are inflation-adjusted real values.