Cost of Government – Which Town Has the Cheapest Cost/Resident?
I don’t want to overwhelm with charts, but I’ve got ’em! Similar to my previous posts–based on the ProJo’s work–on cost per resident for footing the payroll for schools (with some elaboration), I’ve compiled the same data for other areas of government. But instead of “embedding” all of those into this post, I’ll just give you the links and they’ll “pop-up” for you (just click ’em): Public Safety; Social Programs; Public Services; Administration; Regulatory; Legislative; Other Government.
Now I can focus on the one uber-chart I want to present: the Anchor Rising Cost/Resident Index.
Basically, I assigned a number ranking to each community based on the cost/resident for each component of government as broken out above. I then added the rankings for each and came up with the Index number: the higher the number, the lower the cost/resident. (For municipalities that shared school systems, I gave each town the ranking number for that system. For example, Bristol and Warren each got a 31 for Schools). The benefit of ranking the cities and towns this way is it somewhat mitigates against the cost/resident in one category from overpowering the others.
Below you’ll find the list, ranked by cheapest cost/resident to most expensive. (But remember, this is based on just payroll costs, not benefits). So, if you’re thinking of moving, but would like to try to stay in Rhode Island (ahem, Justin), perhaps the communities at the top of this list may be worth taking a look at.