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Oct

2017

Will County approves $2.2 million levy, raises fees

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In a partisan vote, the Will County board approved a 2017 tax levy increase of $2.2 million — $1 million less than that proposed by County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Elwood. 

Republicans supported the levy, saying they were holding the line on taxes, and did not want to raise it by an additional $1 million.

But opposing Democrats said they wanted to make sure the county's programs, and its Health Department, were adequately funded. They also questioned where $1 million in cuts would be made in the budget.

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15

Oct

2017

Executive Larry Walsh Renews Call For Will County Public Building Commission's Elimination

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Following the release of his proposed FY 2018 budget to the Will County Board, County Executive Larry Walsh again renewed his call to eliminate the Will County Public Building Commission (PBC) despite opposition from Will County Board leadership. Walsh said this move supports the county’s continued efforts to consolidate government services and improve efficiency. 

“It has become a common theme among many of my collar county colleagues that County leaders must chart the path forward on reducing the number of governmental units, especially those that no longer serve a useful purpose,” said Walsh. “I believe the Will County PBC has served the residents of Will County well in the past but there no longer seems to be a need for this separate governmental entity. I think we should set an example by eliminating this unnecessary taxing body.”

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23

Sep

2017

County Executive Larry Walsh proposes $551 million budget for Will County

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Will County Executive Larry Walsh proposed a balanced $551 million budget, a lower property tax rate and further consolidation of government services in 2018, in his annual budget address during Thursday's county board meeting.

It reflects flat revenues, the reduction of $2.4 million in state funds, and an increase of $300,000 for salaries but not the added costs of a new five-year bargaining agreement with the 750 employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028, which was approved at this meeting, according to the executive. 

The new contract is expected to the cost an additional $2.2 million in its first year, which is spread across all county departments, Walsh said later.

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18

Aug

2017

Executive Larry Walsh cites collaboration as key to Will County's successes

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Collaboration and compromise have been the keys to Will County's many successes in the past year, said Executive Larry Walsh in his State of the County speech Thursday morning. 

The county's many achievements — its strong financial health, current building projects and capital improvement plan, new businesses, like Amazon's five facilities, and thousands of new jobs — were made possible by working together with the county board and elected officials throughout the county, in a "disciplined approach to governing," the Elwood Democrat said.

Will County also has been recognized for ending veteran homelessness, remodeling its Sunny Hill Nursing Home, and battling the heroin epidemic, he said.

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Oct

2016

Will County Executive Larry Walsh Fundraiser

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

D'Arcy Buick GMC
2022 Essington Road - Joliet, IL 60435


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