Naperville Sun: DuPage County Board signs off on no-tax-raise budget

Nov. 29, 2017

Gary Galibula, Naperville Sun

The DuPage County Board has approved a new fiscal year 2018 budget that, for the 10th consecutive year, does not ask residents for a tax increase.

The spending plan calls for belt-tightening across all county departments due, in part, to the General Assembly cutting more than $3 million in revenue allocated to DuPage.

Board members Tuesday voted in favor of the new budget, although several commissioners disagreed on an item that reduced the number of sworn officers in the sheriff’s department.

The $439.6 million spending plan calls for a slight decrease in expenditures compared to the current year and fewer overall employees. The new full-time headcount of 2,178 is down from 2,270 in 2010.

“This is a particularly challenging time,” Chairman Dan Cronin told board members. “We asked each of our county-wide elected officials to work closely with us as we tried to evenly and fairly distribute the reductions needed to balance the fiscal year 2018 budget with reduced revenues.”

The new budget, which takes effect Dec. 1, includes some $55.6 million for capital projects, such as road construction and stormwater improvements. It also provides $100,000 to continue fighting heroin abuse in DuPage County.

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