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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Cronin Proposes Ninth Consecutive Balanced Budget
For the ninth consecutive year, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin presented a balanced budget for consideration by the County Board.
The total proposed budget for DuPage County is $476 million, with a General Revenue Fund of $183.9 million and a $68.8 million property tax levy. The proposed budget includes a minor adjustment to the County’s property tax levy.
“DuPage County has held the line on property taxes since 2008, saving taxpayers more than $1.8 billion over the last two decades. This is a prudent, fiscally conservative path forward to ensure the County maintains a stable, secure source of revenue for programs and initiatives valued by our residents. These are challenging times, but we will continue to reduce spending and improve operations whenever possible,” said Chairman Dan Cronin.
Highlights of the Chairman’s proposed budget include:
• Replacing the obsolete, 40-year-old property tax administration system
• Purchasing poll books for the County Clerk’s Office to ease wait times at polling places
• Increasing headcount in the Sheriff’s Office and replacing 16 patrol vehicles
• Restoring the Human Services Grant Fund to $1 million to provide services for the neediest County residents
• Continuing the fight against heroin and opioid abuse through the HOPE Taskforce
• Studying the potential impact of merging the Recorder’s Office with the County Clerk’s Office
The DuPage County Board will consider the Chairman’s proposed budget and is expected to vote on the budget Nov. 26. The 2020 Fiscal Year begins on Dec. 1.
DuPage County is AAA bond rated and boasts a 3.3 percent unemployment rate.