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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

DuPage County seeks input on how to tailor its annual budget

Local Government

By Shamiso Patience Mbiriri | Aug 14, 2017


DuPage County residents are being asked to tell the county what's important to them and what it should priortize as it puts together its annual budget, according to a recent press release

“We highly value the feedback we receive from our budget survey,” County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said in the press release. “Like DuPage families, we too have a budget we must live within. And like DuPage families, we must balance rising costs with available revenue. We use the survey data as a guide to develop a county spending blueprint that is fiscally responsible and meets residents’ needs in the most cost-efficient manner possible.”

The yearly survey helps the county determine spending levels for different departments, the release said. These include public safety and court services, services to seniors and the disabled, flood control and public health initiatives, and road and trail maintenance.

Dan Cronin, DuPage County Board chairman

“We've been able to keep the tax rate flat on the county government portion of residents’ property tax bills for the past nine years in a row," County Board member Paul Fichtner, Finance Committee chairman, said. "We are careful stewards of these funds and responsive to the comments and feedback the budget survey provides. It’s an important piece of our budget building process and we’re grateful for community participation."

The 2018 fiscal year budget plan is to be presented to the board on Sept. 26.

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