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DuPage Chairman Presents FY 2013 Budget

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin presents budget for fiscal year 2013.

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin on Tuesday presented a budget for fiscal year 2013, with a spending plan of about $431.8 million.

The proposed budget is an $8.1 million reduction from FY 2012, and includes cuts in full-time personnel and $16.9 million appropriated for campus and county-wide improvements, including the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Cronin said county savings from the Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) are around $800,000, and the budget reflects significant cost savings as a result of evaluating operations of the 24 independent agencies in the county.

According to a press release, one of the largest challenges for the county is the cost of employee pensions, accounting for $30 million in the annual budget. Cronin said the board made "significant changes" to employee benefits, projected to save taxpayers more than $20 million.

"Several agencies have eliminated the use of credit cards, cell phones and other unneeded expenses," Cronin said.

He said at the County Board meeting Tuesday that DuPage County will receive state funds next year to pay for infrastructure projects.

The reforms in the budget include:

  • Saving taxpayers nearly $600,000 over the next three years at the Election Commission due to staff cuts and shared services with County  government;
  • Increasing accountability and transparency in 14 of the 24 agencies by adopting the County’s ethics ordinance;
  • Eliminating the use of credit cards, cell phone and other unnecessary expenses by several agencies;
  • Updating procurement and hiring practices by several agencies; and
  • Posting meeting agendas and minutes online by five agencies.

“Based on the results of this analysis, I launched the ACT Initiative (Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency) last spring. Rather than allowing the reports to sit on a shelf and collect dust, we are taking action which has produced some significant results,” Cronin said in a statement.

Information courtesy of DuPage County.

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