September 13, 2015
Despite what he called a “disgraceful lag” on payments from the state and a second year without a budget in Springfield, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin announced a budget proposal that included a flat property tax and $10.6 million in cuts.
The $433.8 million proposal, given Sept. 13 to the county board, represents a sixth straight year without a property tax increase since Cronin took the seat in 2010, staying at $66.9 million.
Cronin said his budget keeps essential county services intact while still facing the reality of decreased resources.
“Here in DuPage, we are a non-home rule county with limited government and limited ability to raise taxes, focused on spending less and putting more money in our residents’ pockets,” he said. “And you know? We’re just fine with that.”
Cronin said the county has long succeeded in cutting back waste and increasing transparency under his watch, “despite what’s called the ‘Illinois Effect,'” or the drawbacks of conducting business and government in the state.