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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
DuPage County Approves FY2021 Budget
The DuPage County Board on Tuesday approved its Fiscal Year 2021 budget, which includes a balanced, $483.3 million spending plan.
The FY 2021 spending plan increased funding for public safety. The State’s Attorney’s Office received additional allocations to support three special prosecution units and increased resources for investigations and trial preparation. The Sheriff’s Office will receive funding for ongoing training programs focusing on de-escalation techniques and policing in a diverse society as well as a drug task force.
The County will also continue the fight against COVID-19 using federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The County has set aside $16.8 million to support public health initiatives including DuPage County Health Department COVID testing sites, contact tracing, purchases of personal protective equipment, and preparations for a mass vaccination program.
“From the outset, public safety and public health have been my highest priority for this budget, and we are focused on our commitment to keep our residents safe,” said Chairman Dan Cronin.
The total budget for DuPage County is $483.3 million, with a General Fund budget of $179.4 million and a $69 million property tax levy, which represents a slight increase to capture new construction in the county being added to the property tax rolls. The property tax rate remains flat and the average DuPage County homeowner will not see an increase in their property tax bill.
“Since the pandemic began, we worked to keep our costs low and trim expenses to put the County in a financially advantageous position. This was not an easy budget to create, but thanks to our conservative fiscal approach, we’re able to balance the budget without further burdening our residents,” Cronin said.
The 2021 Fiscal Year begins on Dec. 1, 2020. DuPage County is AAA bond rated. The County’s latest reported unemployment rate was 8.2 percent for the month of September.
To view the full 2021 County budget document, visit www.dupageco.org/finance.