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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cronin Proposes Seventh County Budget with No Property Tax Increase
For the seventh year in a row, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin presented a budget that does not increase the County’s portion of the property tax levy.
“The state finally has a budget, but on the way to crafting it, the legislature kept $2.7 million in funding that is generally given to counties. That has had a significant impact on our ability to balance our budget,” Cronin said.
Cronin’s proposed budget keeps the County’s property tax levy frozen at $66.9 million for the seventh year in a row under his administration. The proposed budget has a full-time headcount of 2,206, which is down from 2,270 in FY2011. The proposed FY2018 spending plan is $439.6 million, with expenditures out of the General Revenue Fund at $176.9 million, down slightly from the previous year.
“This is where the $2.7 million kept by the state hits the hardest. The General Revenue Fund is where we get the money to fund our most vital services including public safety, our subsidy for the DuPage Care Center and other critical components of our County government.”
Chairman Cronin continued, “For the last seven years, we’ve worked diligently to reduce expenses and decrease the budget to meet our service obligations without asking the taxpayers for a penny more. But it has been excruciatingly difficult, and there is a limit to how much we can cut without threatening our ability to fulfill our mission. We may be reaching a point where we simply can’t cut anymore,” Cronin said.
Reforms made through the DuPage ACT Initiative have led to more than $100 million in savings and the County boasts a 3.9 percent unemployment rate and AAA bond rating.
To view the full budget proposal, visit www.dupageco.org/finance.