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How the Budget Process Works
Counties provide essential community programs and services such as road maintenance, law enforcement, and veterans services. Every year, counties pass a new budget to cover the costs of these crucial services. Residents are welcome to participate in the budget process by attending and speaking at public hearings contacting their County Commissioner throughout the process:
June-August: Departments estimate the County’s need for programs and services and their costs.
August-September: County Board of Commissioners uses estimates to create a preliminary budget. Although not required, Cook County also holds various public input sessions prior to setting the preliminary levy.
November: Truth in Taxation: Residents notified of proposed property tax and invited to attend/speak at public meetings:
December: County Board of Commissioners approve a final levy and budget.