Explanation of the Indicator
All public entities strive to keep costs low and make the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars. This chart reflects the government's total operating cost as a percent of its Gross Domestic Product.
In some cases, County-level data are not available from the same data source used by the State. In other cases, County-level data are not available for the same time frame used by the State. In these instances, data sources and time frames were selected that most closely match those of the State. Due to this difference, it must be noted that comparisons may not be completely equivalent in all cases. For this indicator, Michigan's data reflects the State government's operating cost as a percent of State GDP. Ottawa's data reflects the County government's operating cost as a percent of County GDP. Michigan's data source is the U.S. Census Bureau, Federal, State and Local Governments.