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​Budget Information

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.

​Highlights

  • 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?

Tax Rates
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

A chart explaining where the property tax money goes

How Does That 7% Break Down?

​Lake County Service Areas
Judicial and Public Safety Services31%
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

Public Works and Transportation Services26%
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

Health and Community Services24%
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

Finance and Administrative Services13%
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

Elections and Records Services3%
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

Planning, Building and Zoning Services2%
Planning, Building & Development, Stormwater Management Commission

Key Services: building and development permits; sustainability; flood control

Debt Service: 1%

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