DuPage County Residents Invited to Provide Input on County Programs, Spending

DuPage County residents have a chance to weigh in on their priorities by participating in this year's County budget survey. The survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DuPageBudget17Survey.

Each year, the DuPage County Board gathers public opinion as it shapes the next year's budget, determining spending levels for all of the County's programs. County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said this year's effort is particularly important as the County Board must create a DuPage County budget without a full-year spending plan available from the state.

"We have met our funding obligations despite budget pressures brought out on by 2016's legislative struggle," said Cronin. "The budget agreement reached in June provides us some, but not all, of the answers we need. This year, we will continue to put our residents and their priorities first as we create a prudent spending plan providing optimal services in the most efficient, cost-effective manner possible."

Finance Committee Chairman Paul Fichtner said the survey coincides with the regular budget process as DuPage officials determine spending levels for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins on Dec. 1, 2016.

"We have always received thoughtful feedback from our residents through our budget surveys," said Fichtner.  "These survey results allow us to learn which programs and services our residents value most. They also allow our residents to be the first to learn about county initiatives, events and services by opting to receive our County Board newsletter."

DuPage County residents may take the brief survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DuPageBudget17Survey or from the County's homepage at www.dupageco.org and clicking on the budget survey link at the top of the page. Residents may also sign up to receive the County's newsletter for their district at www.dupageco.org/cbnews/.

Chairman Cronin presents his FY 2017 budget plan to the County Board on Sept. 13, 2016.

Reprinted with permission of DuPage County

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