County Board Chairman Cronin presents 2016 budget
DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin presented his 2016 budget proposal that reduces spending and holds the line on property taxes on Tuesday.
Cronin's budget proposal reduces expenditures while maintaining service levels. The proposed spending plan amounts to $443.8 million, which is $5.7 million less than last year's budget. Since taking office in December 2010, Cronin has cut more than $34 million from the county's budget.
The budget also holds the line on property taxes. Cronin said the property tax level will remain flat at $66.9 million for the fifth year in a row under his administration.
"My fifth budget cycle as chairman stands out as the first, maybe ever, when a DuPage County chairman has set forth a budget proposal without an agreed upon budget from Springfield," Cronin said. "This very unusual situation has certainly presented us with financial planning challenges."
Cronin outlined the ways DuPage County has embraced government efficiency, cost cutting and collaboration as a means to provide government service without resorting to tax increases.
"We offer up for your consideration a balanced budget using the resources taxpayers give us and ask for not one more dime," Cronin said. "We're living within our means, pursuing new ways to fund projects, including grants and public-private partnerships. We're optimizing best practices in management, procurement and operations to offer excellent community service for the same low cost, representing just three-percent of the average property tax bill."