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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Contact: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

County Board Approves 2016 Budget

On Tuesday, the DuPage County Board approved the 2016 budget, which reduces spending and, for the eighth consecutive year, includes no property tax increase.

“This budget highlights my commitment and the Board’s commitment to live within our means while offering the highest level of service to our residents without raising property taxes.  For the past five years, we have been fiscally responsible, open and transparent to taxpayers and we have been able to accomplish remarkable savings while still fulfilling our mission as a County government,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.

The 2016 spending plan is $444.4 million, which is down $5.1 million from the previous year’s approved budget. Since taking office in 2010, Cronin has cut more than $33 million from the county’s budget. The 2016 spending plan also includes $56.5 million in capital projects for stormwater, drainage and road construction.

“This has been an unusual year as we await a final budget from Springfield,” said DuPage Finance Committee Chairman Paul Fichtner.  He continued, “In response, we've built a conservative County budget.  Our careful approach has served us well and provides the flexibility we need as we prepare for the year ahead.”

Additionally, the DuPage County sales tax will fall a quarter-cent on January 1, 2016.  That portion of the sales tax currently funds the DuPage Water Commission, which moves toward becoming a self-sustaining utility.   The sales tax reduction returns an estimated $33 million to consumers.

This is the eighth year in a row, and the fifth year under Chairman Cronin the county passed a budget without a property tax increase. The 2016 budget includes a flat $66.9 million in property taxes.  DuPage County retains a AAA bond rating.

The DuPage County budget takes effect December 1st.

To view the full budget, visit www.dupageco.org/finance.

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