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Welcome to Will County, Illinois Website

Denise Winfrey Will County ExecutiveDear Neighbors:

Welcome to the Will County government’s main website.  Our county has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the state and the nation over the last decade and continues to be a vibrant and diverse community.  All are welcome here and we hope you choose to live, work, and raise your family in our community.

As your County Executive, I am a strong believer in transparency and collaboration to make progress for all our residents.  This website is one way we are sharing information about how your county government is working for you. 

We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can better serve you and our community. Best wishes to you and your family!

Denise E. Winfrey

Will County Executive

 

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Will County Executive Larry Walsh presents 2017 budget
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Will County Executive Larry Walsh presents 2017 budget

Total county budget of $570 million pays for critical capital projects, services

     At today’s meeting of the Will County Board, County Executive Larry Walsh presented his 2017 budget.  This new budget proposal is balanced and will see a reduction in the levy rate from the FY 2016 budget.

     “I am recommending new property to be included in this year’s budget to provide a stable financial base to fund county operations,” Walsh said. “As our economy remains slow, it is important we examine every alternative to avoid raising property taxes for our residents.”

     The corporate fund, which funds general operations of county government, is $197 million and the special funds total, which are restricted for specific purposes, is $373 million.  By including revenue from new property, an additional $1.5 million will be included in the 2017 budget. The property tax in Will County is actually lower in 2016, at .5990 percent, than in 2015, at .6358 percent.

     This year’s budget does not include use of any of the county’s cash reserves to balance the budget.  Will County continues to fund the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liability at $1 million.  Overall revenue remains relatively flat while slight increases in sales tax collections.

     Walsh said he is proud of all the county employees who maintain the quality services the residents expect and depend on while serving a growing population.  All of this work continues while staying within their budgets.

     Walsh also acknowledged the county has sustained an AA+ bond rating for many years.  This recognition not only means lower costs when borrowing, but is also an acknowledgment of strong fiscal practices and policies.

     “This is another great example of the fiscal responsibility of Will County. We will continue to move forward with our plans for a new courthouse and a new sheriff’s facility while sustaining the services of county government without putting undue burden on our taxpayers.”

          The draft budget will now be reviewed by the County Board who has 60 days to approve before the start of the new fiscal year on December 1, 2016.

 

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Local Government Assistance

Will County is accepting applications for reimbursement through September 8.

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Small Business Assistance 

The application will be posted and accepted starting Monday, August 24. All applications must be received by Monday, September 28.

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Tribute to Will County Executive Larry Walsh
Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) pays tribute to the life and service of Larry Walsh Sr.

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Workforce Center to host drive-through job fair in Frankfort Township

The Workforce Center of Will County will host a drive-through job fair from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Frankfort Township office building, 11000 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort.  

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Public Health & Safety Committee - 10:00 a.m.

Meetings will be held in the County Board Committee Room in the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, Illinois, unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and cancellations are available on the website www.willcountyboard.com. To contact us, email: countyboard@willcountyillinois.com or phone: 815.740.4602.

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Executive Committee - 10 a.m.

Meetings will be held in the County Board Committee Room in the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, Illinois, unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and cancellations are available on the website www.willcountyboard.com. To contact us, e-mail: countyboard@willcountyillinois.com or phone 815.740.4602.

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