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, according to a county news release.
“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 in the release.
The proposed 2018 budget – presented Sept. 26 – keeps the county’s property tax levy frozen at $66.9 million for the seventh year in a row, the release stated. The proposed budget has a full-time headcount of 2,206, which is down from 2,270 in fiscal 2011.
The proposed spending plan is $439.6 million, with expenditures out of the general revenue fund at $176.9 million, down slightly from the previous year, according to the release.
“This is where the $2.7 million kept by the state hits the hardest,” Cronin said. “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.”
Cronin added that it will be difficult to make additional budget cuts without affecting county services.
“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,” Cronin said. “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.”