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Wheaton, IL … The first in a set of reports assessing the operations of two dozen DuPage County public agencies will be released next week during a Committee of the Whole meeting of the DuPage County Board. The meeting is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21 in the County Board Room.
DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin initiated the unprecedented analysis of several county taxing bodies last year. Following financial crises at the Water Commission and DuPage Housing Authority, Cronin authored state legislation – signed by Governor Quinn last July - to gain more oversight and accountability from independent agencies to which he appoints board members.
“Simply put, this has never been done before. These 24 agencies account for nearly $300 million in public funds and employ more than 850 people, so this represents a large segment of local government,” Cronin said. “If we are truly serious about the mission to make government more accountable and seek ways to reduce its size and scope, this is a good start.”
Last year, the County Board hired Crowe Horwath to conduct the assessment. The reports, which will be publicly presented during a series of three meetings, will contain financial information, internal practices such as procurement and recommendations for improvements. The firm will present its findings from the DuPage County Health Department, two Mosquito Abatement Districts, the Fair and Exposition Authority and the Century Hill Lighting District next week.
In mid-March, Crowe will release the final reports for the DuPage Water Commission, DuPage Housing Authority and several Fire Protection Districts. Reports for the DuPage Election Commission, the DuPage Airport Authority, ETSB and several Sanitary Districts will be released in early April pending verification of final figures and procedures.
Following the release of all 24 reports, Cronin will submit his proposal to implement needed reforms.
“We all acknowledge that local government must be reorganized in order to best serve our residents and maximize the use of limited tax dollars. People are tired of hearing empty promises to make government more efficient and accountable. I think this effort represents our collective commitment to fulfill the very reasonable expectations of our taxpayers here in DuPage County.”