Yonkers had the most debt and highest taxes among the five largest cities outside of New York City last year, while White Plains charged the most fines, a report released Wednesday said.
The “Benchmarking New York” report from the Empire Center compared taxes, spending and debt for municipalities across New York based on data from the state Comptroller's Office.
Which upstate New York communities have the highest police pay by local and regional standards? The answer can be found in What They Make, the Empire Center’s annual examination of local government payrolls, which includes average total pay for uniformed police officers employed by 166 towns, cities and villages across upstate.
The 2015-16 edition of What They Make, the Empire Center’s annual report on public payrolls, New York taxpayers to compare this key element of local government costs around the state.
The Empire Center today released the newest edition of What They Make, its annual examination of local government payrolls.
“What They Make lets taxpayers see how their local governments’ payrolls stack up,” said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the Empire Center. “Big differences exist, even between neighboring communities, and taxpayers have a right to ask their elected officials why.”
At a time when Erie County Water Authority customers are paying more for water, a quick check of salaries shows some big paychecks for executives and management types.
According to SeeThroughNY, a project that tracks state and local government spending including salaries, the Erie County Water Authority spent $16.8 million in salaries to some 289 workers in 2015.
Payroll data for 74,988 public authority employees, totaling $4.1 billion, have been added to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website.
A breakdown of 271 projects totaling $49 million has been added to the Empire Center’s exclusive SeeThroughNY online database of items lined up for funding under the State and Municipal Facilities Program, a $1.5 billion pork slush fund supported by borrowed money.
Since last year, more than five-hundred people have gotten permission from the state to double dip on public pensions and their salaries from state or local governments.
Your tax dollars are paying for it.