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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Cronin Proposes Tenth Balanced Budget
For the tenth consecutive year, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin presented a balanced budget for the County Board’s consideration. The Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal does not include a property tax increase for homeowners.
The total proposed budget for DuPage County is $479.7 million, with a General Revenue Fund of $177.9 million and a $69 million property tax levy, which represents a slight increase to capture new construction in the county being added to the property tax rolls. The property tax rate remains flat and the average DuPage County homeowner will not see an increase in their property tax bill.
“Balancing a budget during a pandemic is difficult, painstaking work,” said Cronin. “We have worked diligently to keep costs low and trim costs wherever possible. Thanks to our prudent stewardship of taxpayer dollars, we are able to balance the budget without burdening our residents during this difficult time.”
In their budget presentations to the County Board, State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and Sheriff Jim Mendrick highlighted rising crime rates in the County. The Chairman’s budget focuses on public safety investments, including three specialized prosecution units for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office and a training initiative on policing in a diversity society for the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.
Cronin also highlighted the distribution of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act dollars to the community, including $16.5 million to the DuPage County Health Department to continue the fight against COVID-19. Funds will support COVID testing, contact tracing, purchases of personal protective equipment, and preparations for a mass vaccination program.
“Public safety and public health are my two highest priorities with this budget. We must do all we can to protect those living, working, and raising families in DuPage County, and this budget reflects that commitment,” said Cronin.
The DuPage County Board will consider the Chairman’s proposed budget and will approve the budget at its Nov. 24 meeting. The 2021 Fiscal Year begins on Dec. 1.