Budget & Tax Survey

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Of the counties responding to the 2016-17 Budget & Tax survey, General Fund budgeted expenditures increased, on average, 5% this year. 86 counties report higher 2016-17 budgets over 2015-16.

School Finance

Public school enrollment dropped by about 10,000 students (-0.68%) statewide, and charter school enrollment grew by 7,681 students (9.6%).

County appropriations to school budgets grew, on average, by almost 3% this year. With data from 98 counties, the current expense funding provided by counties equals almost $2.9 billion. And counties budgeted almost $1 billion on debt service for school capital projects. Average per pupil county current expense spending, which includes charter school students, is $1,580. 

17 counties report that they have a funding formula in place, and 38 counties responded that they plan to allocate at least a portion (10 reported all) of the sales tax revenue from the 2015 local sales tax distribution changes to K-12 education, one of the three authorized purposes.

Other Survey Data

- Property tax rates changed in 30 counties. On average, rates went up 6%.

- 19 counties held referenda in the March, June, or November (or more than one in some cases) election for the quarter-cent local option sales & use tax. Click here to see more about these ballot measures.

- One-third of our counties have built a new jail or completed an expansion in the past ten years.

- 42 counties have a capital improvement plan in place or in progress.

- See the full survey for additional data on county jails, electronics recycling, and other budgeting questions.

Note: The annual Budget & Tax Survey data is self-reported by counties.  A link to the survey spreadsheet is available at the bottom of this page. Missing data fields appear as red cells on the survey. If your county shows missing data, use this link to update your information on the spreadsheet. Complete data provides more comprehensive analysis for all of our 100 counties, and we appreciate your help on this annual survey.

Complete county-by-county data as well as previous survey results can be found in the spreadsheets below. Please note that these are self-reported data, and do not reflect audited expenditures, revenues, or other county information.

Survey Data XLS