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The DuPage County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved its Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which includes a balanced, $474.3 million spending plan.
The FY2022 budget includes funds to implement new election equipment for the County Clerk and to continue implementation of the County’s new property tax system, improve critical infrastructure on the County campus, and replace vehicles that have reached the end of their useful life.
DuPage County will fully fund the remaining principal and interest on two debt service funds in the amount of $6.3 million. Paying off this debt early will free up $2 million annually beginning in FY22.
“DuPage County has always employed a thoughtful, fiscally conservative strategy as we craft our budget. This careful planning will allow us to pay off debt early, giving the County additional flexibility in the next year as we continue to support our public health response and foster economic recovery from the pandemic,” said County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.
The budget also includes increases in staffing, resources, and funding for the Sheriff’s Office, State’s Attorney, Public Defender, and Probation department due to the passage of the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act, which the Illinois General Assembly passed, and the governor signed into law earlier this year. The budget also doubles the funding for the Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education Taskforce moving from $100,000 to $200,000.
The County will continue to combat COVID-19 and invest in public health and vaccination efforts using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed by Congress in March.
“This budget reflects our commitment to public safety, supporting our criminal justice programs and maintaining our social safety net, funding programs and staffing to help those most dramatically impacted by the pandemic,” Cronin said.
The total budget for DuPage County is $474.3 million, with a General Fund budget of $209.9 million and a $69.5 million property tax levy. The property tax rate remains flat, and the average DuPage County homeowner will not see an increase in their property tax bill. The tax levy increased slightly to capture the County’s new construction being added to the property tax rolls.
The 2022 Fiscal Year begins on Dec. 1. DuPage County is AAA bond rated. The County’s latest reported unemployment rate was 4.2 percent for the month of September.
To view the full 2022 County budget document, visit www.dupageco.org/finance.