DuPage County OKs $432.6 million budget
By Susan Frick Carlman firstname.lastname@example.org November 27, 2012 7:14PM
Updated: December 30, 2012 3:31PM
The spending plan for DuPage County over the coming year is in place.
County Board members Tuesday unanimously approved a $432.6 million budget for fiscal 2013, and carved out a new fund to allocate at least $800,000 in anticipated revenue that exceeds the cash balance left in the county coffers a year ago.
County Board Chairman Dan Cronin noted that the new budget, which cuts seven full-time positions from the head count in the sheriff’s department, calls for no property tax increases.
“We are budgeting within our means without asking for more from taxpayers or going into debt like other units of government,” Cronin said.
The new Enterprise Resource Planning system that came out of a 2010 bond initiative, an integral piece of the county’s information technology upgrade project, represents a significant portion of the $16.9 million earmarked in the budget for improvements on the county’s Wheaton campus and other locations. Officials have estimated that consolidation and other efficiencies resulting from the ERP system will save $9 million in taxpayer funds over the next two decades.
The new Infrastructure Fund is designed to earmark up to $400,000 in excess cash for transportation projects and an equal sum for drainage and facilities management. If there is more than $800,000 extra, the additional revenue will go to storm water management expenses.
Tom Cuculich, county chief of staff, said the board’s budgeting policy calls for at least 25 percent of the anticipated expenditures in the general fund to be set aside as a cash reserve. The 2012 budget built in a 31 percent cash balance cushion, Cuculich said, and the new fund will be supplied with income in excess of that sum. According to county spokeswoman Johnna Kelly, the surplus in the general fund a year ago was slightly less than $53.4 million.
An unforeseen uptick in consumer spending, and the resulting increase in the county’s share of sales tax receipts, is a primary source of the unanticipated income.
The county’s fiscal year begins Saturday. Details of the new budget can be found at www.dupageco.org.