Herald: DuPage looks to hiring restrictions to deal with reduced state funding

Chairman says DuPage must be proactive as it expects to lose $1 million this fiscal year

August 1, 2017

Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald


DuPage County officials say they have been forced to restrict hiring and pursue other cost-saving measures after learning the county will get less funding from the state.

When state lawmakers after over two years approved a budget last month, it included a 10 percent reduction in the amount of state income tax revenue that municipalities and counties receive. In addition, the state has imposed a 2 percent administrative fee to collect special taxes for local governments.

For DuPage, that means the state will take 2 percent of its RTA sales tax revenue.

Combined with the potential loss of other revenue from the state, DuPage is expected to lose about $1 million before the county’s current fiscal year ends Dec. 1. Roughly $1.7 million in revenue could be lost for DuPage’s 2018 budget.

“That is a significant hit to our general fund, impacting spending for the remainder of this year and for fiscal year 2018,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said. “It’s clear we must be proactive in our efforts to balance next year’s budget with fewer dollars.”

Cronin directed county Administrator Tom Cuculich to develop a plan to implement hiring restrictions.

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