1. Regulatory Options for Recreational Cannabis Under Discussion

    The recreational use of cannabis in Illinois will become legal effective Jan. 1, 2020. Under the law, jurisdictions in Illinois may establish regulations on the production and sale of cannabis within their boundaries. Read on...
  2. What Can Be Recycled? Check out SWALCO’s New Neighborhood Guide

    Confused about what you can put in your recycling bin? SWALCO is here to help. It has launched a new interactive online guide that lets you search the town you live in, learn what materials are accepted, and helps you recycle correctly. Read on...
  3. Lake County is Once Again Recognized for Excellent Budget Practices

    Lake County has once again received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), a national organization dedicated to advancing excellence in government finance. Read on...
  4. Ethylene Oxide Air Monitoring Resumes in Lake County

    A second round of outdoor air monitoring for ethylene oxide (EtO) began the week of Oct. 21 near Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee and Medline Industries in Waukegan. Read on...
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Lake County Board Approves Balanced Budget With No Increase in Tax Levy

At its Nov. 12 meeting, the Lake County Board unanimously approved a $573.2 million balanced budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Under the budget, Lake County's tax levy will be flat, which means that there will be no increase in the dollar amount between the FY2020 property tax levy and the FY2019 property tax levy. As a result, homeowners will see a slight reduction next year in the Lake County government portion of their property tax bill. This is the first time in at least 20 years that the County has had a flat tax levy.

Under Illinois law, the Board could have chosen to raise the 2019 levy of $162.6 million to account for new property growth in Lake County, and to increase the levy up to the amount of the federal Consumer Price Index, but it chose to do neither in order to ease the burden on Lake County property owners.

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