The price of local government: Village of Hazel Crest
That's an increase of 3.8 percent from 2014, when the village spent $16.65 million, or $3,308.67 per household.
Hazel Crest has 5,031 households and a population of 14,182.
Since 2001, the Village of Hazel Crest budget has grown by 16.1 percent, from $14.88 million. The village population has fallen 4.3 percent over the same period, from 14,816.
Salaries accounted for 40.9 percent of village spending in 2015. Hazel Crest property taxpayers paid $7.07 million for 77 full-time employees and 29 part-time employees.
In 2001, the village had 78 full-time employees and 41 part-time employees, and spent $6.55 million.
All values in this story are inflation-adjusted real values.