Welcome to Lake County’s Budget web portal. Here you can access the budget documents, monthly expense reports, audit reports, tax rate information, and more.
The budget is a complex policy document that sets priorities, shapes service delivery, and impacts all areas of county government. The County Board is responsible for making all final decisions on the budget. The annual budget allocates funding to more than 30 departments and divisions that provide a multitude of services. The County Board holds public hearings on the budget in October, and adopts the final budget in November. View County Board calendar.
- ✓ At $488.3 million, the budget has been flat for the
past three years and is $10 million less than five years ago.
- ✓ 2,444 full time and 264 part-time employees
- ✓ Lake County has AAA bond rating--the highest rating possible--from both rating companies. The agencies cite the County's strong budgetary performance, well-managed financial operations with strong financial policies and practices, healthy reserves and manageable debt that provides budgetary flexibility.
- ✓ Read the 2014 Budget.
- ✓ Read other budget documents.
Where Does the Money Come From?
Due to variances and differences among the municipalities and unincorporated areas within the County, please visit the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Tax Rate Database to obtain sales tax, telecommunications tax, and other tax rates that apply to your specific address or community.
Major Revenue Sources
Lake County relies on many different revenue sources. View detailed information regarding each source, along with its history.
Lake County Real Estate Property Tax Rate
Tax Year 2013 (per $100 of assessed valuation): 0.663
How Does That 7% Break Down?
19th Judicial Circuit Court, Circuit Court Clerk, Coroner, Public Defender, Sheriff, State's Attorney
Key Services: court functions (criminal, civil, juvenile, mental health, drug, and family); the jail; sheriff highway patrol; death investigations and autopsies
Division of Transportation, Public Works
Key Services: maintenance of county roads and traffic signals; traffic management; infrastructure improvements for county roadways; paratransit; bike paths; water and sewer
Community Development, Health Department, Regional Office of Education, Veterans Assistance Commission, Winchester House, Workforce Development
Key Services: veterans’ assistance; healthcare; immunizations; affordable housing; animal control; employment assistance and job training; restaurant inspection
Communications, County Administration, Emergency Management, Finance and Administrative Services, GIS/Mapping, Human Resources, Information Technology
Key Services: Policy development and implementation, budget development and oversight; purchasing goods and services; legislative program, facilities management, job recruitment; transparency initiatives; website content
Chief County Assessment Office, County Clerk, Recorder of Deeds, Treasurer
Key Services: document recordings; records (birth, death, marriage, property, other); tax collection and distribution; property tax assessment and relief; elections
|Debt Service: 1%|