Proposed DuPage County budget reduces spending by over $8M

Special to the Tribune

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin on Tuesday proposed a nearly $432 million budget for 2013 that would cut spending by more than $8 million over the previous year.

At Tuesday's County Board meeting, Cronin credited savings from greater competitive bidding and changes to employee benefits as the sources for reduction in his proposed spending plan. The balanced budget also calls for seven fewer full-time employee positions compared to 2012.

“DuPage taxpayers remain protected from any need to raise taxes or cut essential services,” Cronin said. “Once again, we do not raise taxes on our residents and we do not need to use general fund cash to balance the budget. We are budgeting within our means without asking for more from taxpayers or going into debt like most other units of government.”

Cronin said that some $6 million in budget savings are the result of the “repurposing” of funds after the board directed county staff to pursue greater competitive bidding in projects. Another $1.6 million or so will come from savings produced from significant changes to employee benefits that the board made in 2011.

“Revenue projections are stable as we continue to govern in an uncertain economy and a financially troubled state government,” Cronin said.

Cronin noted that the county has cut its budget by more than $13 million over the past two years and reduced its headcount by more than 40. However, positions cuts have not come from layoffs but from not filling positions left vacant by retirements and resignations, he said.

Board members will approve a final version of the budget before the end of November in advance of the fiscal year that begins on Dec. 1.

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