The DeKalb County Health Department has been providing public health services to promote the health and safety of DeKalb County citizens since 1966.
The Health Department provides health protection and safety for all residents of DeKalb County.
Grants make up the largest portion of the Health Department budget and due to significant reductions in grant funding, the Health Department has lost almost a quarter of its staff and services have been eliminated or diminished. Currently, only 23% of the Health Department budget is county tax funded.
The Referendum is to replace lost grant funding in order to sustain current public health services. The annual cost would be $9.57 (under $1 per month) for the owner of a $100,000 home.
If approved, the Referendum would save essential services for the public:
Below are some questions and answers that will provide you with information on the April 4, 2017 Referendum to support public health services:
For the first time in 50 years of operation, the Health Department is asking county residents to vote on a Referendum that, if approved, would provide $500,000 in revenue annually to help sustain the current services of the DeKalb County Health Department.
The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $9.57 in property taxes annually. The average tax per acre of farmland would increase by 11.5 cents per acre.
Programs funded by grants are at greatest risk of reduction or elimination. Those grant-funded programs include:
The proportion of revenue from grants has been declining over the past decade from a high of 48% in 2013. Grants are estimated at 39% of revenue in 2017.
A referendum to increase the base amount of the County's tax levy as allowed by the "tax cap" law. If approved by the voters, the Referendum would increase the base by $500,000 for public health services, or $9.57 for a $100,000 home.
When the building bonds were retired in 2016, taxes dropped by $650,000 in 2017. This referendum would have the net effect of an overall drop of $150,000 in taxes for 2018.
Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for DeKalb County, Illinois be increased by an additional amount equal to 0.02871% above the limiting rate for the purpose of providing public health services for levy year 2015 and be equal to 1.22740% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2017?
This is hard to predict given the uncertainty of Federal and State funding.
The Health Department provides an array of programs and services including:
For more information about Health Department services, please visit the DeKalb County Health Department website.
While not always obvious, everybody benefits from public health:
According to the American Public Health Association, Public Health saves tax dollars. Every $1 spent on prevention, the focus of public health, saves approximately $5.60 in healthcare spending (October 2014).
Election day is April 4, 2017 and early voting starts February 23, 2017.