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Watch the Lake County Budget Story
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.

2014 Budget Highlights
· 2014 Budget (The Board adopted a balanced recommended budget in November. The final budget document will be posted as soon as its finalized).

· 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 provide budgetary flexibility.
Where Does the Money Go? - Lake County Service Areas
Division of Transportation

Key Services:
maintenance of county roads
and traffic
signals; traffic management;
infrastructure improvements
for county
roadways; paratransit; bike paths; water and

Key Services:
document recordings; records
(birth, death, marriage, property, other); tax collection and distribution; property tax assessment and relief; elections

Circuit Court Clerk, Coroner,
State's Attorney,
19th Judicial Circuit Court,
Public Defender

Key Services: court functions (criminal, civil,
mental health, drug, and family);
the jail; sheriff highway
patrol; death
investigations and autopsies

Planning, Building & Development, Stormwater Management Commission

Key Services:  building and development permits; sustainability; flood control
County Administration, Finance
and Administrative Services,

Human Resources, Communications,
Emergency Management,
Information Technology,

Key Services: Policy development and
budget development and
oversight; purchasing goods and services; legislative program, facilities management, job recruitment; transparency initiatives; website content
Key Services: veterans’ assistance; healthcare; immunizations; affordable housing; animal control; employment assistance and job training; restaurant inspection


Debt Service: 1%

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 2012 (per $100 of assessed valuation): 0.608


Budget in Brief

2014 Approved Budget
2014 Approved Budget pdf
Related Links

Strategic Plan
The Budget Process
Organizational Chart