QAC Election Watch 2014

As we citizens urge the Commissioners to spend more on fun to have stuff, consider where we stand today. This is a quick and dirty analysis, and I'd suspect someone more familiar with the nuts and bolts differences in the accounting by County might have adjustments to this. QA County
Population 47,798
Households 15,315
Spending $118,891,000
Spending per capita $2,487
Spending per household $7,763
Parks spending $2,825,000
Property Tax .8471
Income tax 3.2%
Population under 18 22.7% Caroline County
Population 33,066
Households 11,806
Spending $43,432,000
Spending per capita $1,313
Spending per household $3,679
Parks spending $210,000
Property Tax .96
Income tax 2.63%
Population under 18 24.0% Kent County
Population 20,197
Households 7,498
Spending $44,844,000
Spending per capita $2,220
Spending per household $5,981
Parks spending $1,288,000
Property tax 1.022
Income tax 2.85%
Population under 18 16.8% Talbot County
Population 37,982
Households 16,013
Spending $74,625,000
Spending per capita $1,965
Spending per household $4,660
Parks spending $1,540,000 (large landings appropriation may be a one time event?)
Property tax .527
Income tax 2.40%
Population under 18 18.7% I hope someone can challenge me on this comparison, and sharpen the pencil with the best comparisons. But on the surface, it seems pretty clear that QA has a serious spending problem. That spending problem translates into higher taxes for every one us. Collectively we should consider this before we urge the Commissioners to go out and spend even more. My two cents.