DuPage County approves $444.4 million budget

The DuPage County Board approved a $444.4 million budget, which is $5.1 million less than last year and includes $56.5 million for stormwater, drainage and road construction capital projects.

Since 2010, the county’s budget has been cut by more than $33 million and marks the eighth consecutive year without a property tax increase. The 2016 budget, which took effect Dec. 1, includes a flat $66.9 million in property taxes.

“This has been an unusual year as we await a final budget from Springfield,” said DuPage Finance Committee Chairman Paul Fichtner. “In response, we’ve built a conservative county budget. Our careful approach has served us well and provides the flexibility we need as we prepare for the year ahead.”

Additionally, the DuPage County sales tax will fall a quarter-cent on Jan. 1, which the county said will return an estimated $33 million to consumers. That portion of the sales tax currently funds the DuPage Water Commission.

“For the past five years, we have been fiscally responsible, open and transparent to taxpayers, and we have been able to accomplish remarkable savings while still fulfilling our mission as a county government,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said in a new release.

Citizen input welcome at strategic plan dialogue

The village of Westmont has scheduled a special village board meeting to conduct a community dialogue on its draft strategic plan for 2021 on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Westmont Park District Administration Building, 55 E. Richmond. The entire community is invited to take part in the review and refinement of the draft plan prior to consideration by the village board.

“This has been a great process and we’re looking forward to having a dynamic plan that will help guide our village’s decision-making over the next several years,” says Village Manager Stephen May. “We want to thank all of the residents, businesses and community partners that have participated in this process.”

A copy of the current draft of the strategic plan has been posted on the village website for public inspection. The public is invited to come and participate.

Woodridge to host ComEd smart grid workshop

The village of Woodridge will hold a public workshop on ComEd’s smart grid Dec. 3, following the village board meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the village hall, 5 Plaza Drive. The smart grid is part of ComEd’s effort to modernize its electric system to provide more reliable service. Smart meters are a component of the smart grid and will be installed in all homes and businesses in Woodridge in the coming months. Smart meters enable customers to see how much energy is being used and afford them the opportunity to reduce their consumption and save money on their electric bill.

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