DuPage County Report
The DuPage County Board approved the 2019 budget on Tuesday, marking the 11th consecutive year the County has passed a budget with no property tax increase. The 2019 budget is $433.8 million, down $5.8 million from the previous fiscal year. The approved budget includes a full-time headcount of 2,167, which is down from 2,270 in 2010.
“Due to new challenges and mandates, this budget was one of the most difficult to create. But thanks to the hard work of our County Board, we will continue to offer the highest level of service to our residents without burdening them with additional tax increases,” said Chairman Dan Cronin. In remarks Tuesday, Chairman Cronin thanked countywide elected officials for working collaboratively to balance the budget.
“This budget is the end result of a lot of hard work by our staff in a very difficult budgetary environment,” said Finance Committee Chairman Bob Larsen. “But that’s what the taxpayers sent us here to do: make the hard choices, roll up our sleeves, and deliver quality services with the money we have. I am proud of this budget.”
Due to decreasing state revenues, fluctuating sales tax revenues, and increasing personnel costs, the budget includes a 10 percent cut to the DuPage Care Center subsidy, Stormwater Management Department, and the Human Services Grant Fund.
The 2019 spending plan includes $38 million in total capital including projects for stormwater, drainage and road construction. The property tax levy remains flat for the 11th year in a row at $66.9 million.
The budget includes a $100,000 allocation to continue the fight against heroin in DuPage County. The DuPage County budget takes effect Dec. 1.
To view the full 2019 County budget document, visit www.dupageco.org/finance.