I was updating our Day in History listings and came across something that might astound and amaze you.
In 1875, according to the Vermont Phoenix, Brattleboro's total expenses for the year were estimated at about $7,000. To compare, in 2015 our expenses are projected to be just under $17 million.
To be fair, they had just added a major expense to the Brattleboro budget in 1875 - streetlights, at a cost of $1,000 per year. Without them, the amount spent would have been lower.
Residents at the time voted to lay a tax of 40 cents on the dollar of the grand list to cover the cost of running the town.