Office of Will County Executive
Lawrence M. Walsh
Thursday, November 15, 2018
For more information, contact:
Phone: 815-530-2372; Fax: 815-774-3671

Will County passes 2019 budget with bipartisan support

$569 million budget funds county debt obligations and capital projects

At today’s meeting of the Will County Board, the FY 2019 budget was adopted by a unanimous vote. The $569 million budget will fund critical county services, supports progress on capital improvement projects, and meets the county’s obligation to fund OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) and IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund). One important item that received some added attention was the funding necessary to proceed with the new Health Department building.

“I am proud the County Board and my administration were able to come to a consensus on this budget,” said County Executive Larry Walsh. “There was some concern about the amount of money that was appropriated to pay for the bonds for the Health Department, but working together we were able to compromise and agree to a spending plan that was agreeable to everyone and moves the county and the capital projects forward in a positive fashion.”

The County budget process begins in the summer months when elected officials and department heads present their requested funding and expenditures for the new fiscal year. The Executive’s office then crafts a draft budget that is presented to the County Board at the September County Board meeting. Following this presentation of the draft budget, the County Board has time to review the plan and make any additional changes that are required to complete the process. The final budget is approved at the regular November County Board meeting in advance of the new fiscal year starting on December 1st.

“There are always different ideas on how to spend the limited funds that are available to operate county government, but I am happy to report that we find a way to compromise and keep Will County moving forward,” said Walsh. “We have always tried to keep the politics out as much as possible and focus on providing effective and efficient services for our residents.”

With the final adjustments made at today’s County Board meeting, four additional correctional officers are funded at the adult detention center. This step will help with overtime costs that have been a challenge at this 24/7 facility.

Additionally, funds were identified to keep the many capital improvements projects moving forward. These include the construction of a new Health Department facility on the east side of Joliet, funding for a new financial management system for all of county government, and a new case management system for the States Attorney, Public Defender and Probation offices. All of these efforts are designed to improve the effectiveness of these critical county agencies.

The new budget takes effect on December 1st. Newly elected countywide officials and county board members will be sworn in on Monday, December 3rd.

Documents to download

Press Contacts

Anastasia Tuskey
Communications Director
Ph: 815-740-8376

Tammy Reiher
Public Information Officer
Ph: 815-774-7485

«December 2018»

Will County offers holiday lights recycling opportunities

Got string lights with burnt out bulbs? Too tangled to use? Or lights that just don’t bring holiday joy anymore?

Read more

County Executive Larry Walsh receiving treatments following recent cancer diagnosis

Will County Executive Larry Walsh, 70, announced he recently began chemo treatments following a diagnosis of cancer. His treatment regime began this past week.

Read more

Will County Veterans’ Assistance Commission to partner with Community Service Council of Northern Will County

Officials from the Will County Veterans’ Assistance Commission (VAC) and the Community Service Council of Northern Will County (CSC) are proud to announce a new partnership that will benefit veterans living in the Northern portion of Will County.
Read more

Workforce Center of Will County to host weekly job fair on Dec. 19

Area job seekers are invited to attend a weekly job fair from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Workforce Center of Will County.

Read more


100th birthday Alison.com Alzheimer's walk America Recycles Day American Legion Post 1080 American Recycles Day Animal Control Arsenal Road BBQ luncheon Becky Haldorson book recycling book recycling and reuse event book reuse and recycling Brayden Caraynoff-Haber Bruce Gould Caroline Portlock Charlotte Mather Clothes 4 Work cooling centers County Executive Larry Walsh Curt Paddock Danette Krieger David Dubois Deirdre Manigo digital safety Director Curt Paddock document destruction Dr. L.P. Schild Earth Flag Awards Eastside Green House electronic recycling electronics recycling extreme heat Friends of Sunny Hill gardening Gertrude Hoover Green Team Health Department heroin legislation forum hero helps addiction trea Historic Preservation Commission holiday bazaar holiday string lights Household Hazardous Waste Illinois Extension Service Janine Farrell Jason Holicky Jeff Hubrich JJC City Center Campus Joan O'Keefe job fair Joliet Park District Karen Sorbero Kathy Pecora Land Use Department Larry Walsh Lewis University Madison Curran Marta Keane Melissa Hemzacek Memorial Day Midwest Classics on 66 Museum Mike Bell Mobile Workforce Center Music and memory neuter/spay Nick Palmer paper shredding Penny Curran permits Pilcher Park Pilcher Park Nature Center Plainfield United Methodist pumpkin composting Pumpkin Pitch Recyclepalooza recycling Resource Recovery and Energy Resource Recovery and Energy Division Resume Gallery Savers. WJOL school garden Seeds of Change Grant Program sign language Spirit of Community Caring Award St. Vincent DePaul Sunny Hill Nursing Home Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County Susan Flessner Susan Olenek swimming pools textile collection The Friends of Sunny Hill Inc. Three Rivers Association of Realtors Tim Anderson University of St. Francis USAgain veterans Veterans Day vision and hearing screening vow renewal Warren-Sharpe Community Center Washington Township Wayne Breitbarth West Nile Virus Will County Will County Center for Community Concerns Will County Executive Larry Walsh Will County Farm Bureau Will County Health Department Will County Land Use Department Will County Office Building Will County Veterans Affairs Commission Will County Workforce Center Will County Workforce Services Division William E. Young School Workforce Center of Will County Workforce Investment Board Workforce Services Division Workforce Services Division of Will County Workforce Services Division releases November work workshops Youth Provider Workshop