Nov. 29, 2017
The $439.6 million budget, which takes effect Friday, increases the county’s overall spending by roughly $5.8 million compared with this year. But that’s because the spending plan for fiscal 2018 includes $9 million that was set aside for the construction of a new $15.8 million communications center on the county campus for DuPage Public Safety Communications, known as DU-COMM.
When it comes to operating expenses, DuPage is planning to spend $176.9 million, which is slightly less than this year.
“This is a budget of necessity,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said. “We were dealt a hand of cards, and we did what our obligations required us to do. I am confident that we will fulfill the duties and responsibilities of county government. And we will do more with less.”
Because of the loss of more than $3 million in revenue from the state, all countywide offices and departments in DuPage were asked to reduce costs. The sheriff’s office was asked to reduce the amount it spends on base employee salaries by 4 percent…
Meanwhile, Cronin said there’s “a new normal,” where the county is going to get less financial help from the state. “I think things are going to be more and more difficult for local government,” he said.
Even with the financial challenges, DuPage officials decided not to increase property taxes for another year. The county’s property tax levy will remain flat at $66.9 million. They also set aside $55.6 million for stormwater, road construction and other capital projects.