The price of local government in 2017: Thornton Township
That's an increase of 17.9 percent from 2016, when the township spent $33.53 million.
Thornton Township has a population of 167,812.
Since 2001, the Thornton Township budget has grown by 162.8 percent, from $15.04 million. The township population has fallen 4.1 percent over the same period, from 175,000.
Salaries accounted for 11.6 percent of township spending in 2017. Thornton Township property taxpayers paid $4.58 million for 100 full-time employees and 70 part-time employees.
In 2001, the township had 62 full-time employees and 51 part-time employees, and spent $3.01 million.
All values in this story are inflation-adjusted real values.