New Dupage County budget spares homeowners but layoffs, benefit cuts likely for workers
December 16, 2011 by James
Printing services may be running off layoff notices for several dozen Dupage County workers soon, but homeowners won’t have to worry about property tax hikes in 2012, under the fiscal new budget approved by the Dupage County Board. The board says it will fill its depleted coffers by cutting $10.7 million in county expenses, rather than placing the burden on property tax owners. The new revenue building plan also calls for a 3.5 percent hike in sales tax revenue for the fiscal year
The new county budget went into effect December 1 after it was approved on a vote of 17 to 1. County officials plan to eliminate 46 full-time positions in county offices. Employees will also have to pay more out of pocket for health insurances benefits, and receive fewer paid vacation and sick days.
Many of the jobs on the chopping block would come from the fallout that would result from tentative plans to close the DuPage County Juvenile Detention Center. The facility would be combined with the Wheaten-based Kane County facility for youth offenders. The proposed consolidation would save Dupage County about $800,000 a year. Stationery printer may be called to service if the facilities are renamed as part of the anticipated consolidation. The merger must still be approved by the Kane County Board.
The city of Warrenville continues to be one of the most cost effective places to live within Dupage County, city officials report. Warrenville boasts low taxes and utility costs compared to other towns within DuPage County, according to a 2010 survey by the DuPage Mayors and Mangers Conference.