Below is the annual timeline for the preparation and passage of the County's budget. Please see the Upcoming Events section below for any specific hearings or other budget-related events.
Departments submit preliminary revenue and expense estimates to the Department of Budget and Management Services (DBMS). The agencies specifically summarize issues, request specific funding levels, and justify staffing requests.
DBMS prepares the preliminary budget forecast based on the requests submitted by the departments and the revenue the County expects will be collected. The preliminary budget forecast is filed with the President’s Office by June 30.
The President holds a public hearing on the Preliminary Budget, allowing the public to provide feedback during the development of the Executive Budget Recommendation.
Residents and departments provide input during the final development of the County budget. The President and DBMS work to balance department requests with available resources.
The President submits the Executive Budget Recommendation to the Committee on Finance of Cook County.
OCTOBER — NOVEMBER
The proposed budget is made available for public review at various locations throughout the County. Public hearings are conducted during which the Committee on Finance considers testimony from service providers, program staff, and the general public. After the hearings have been completed and any amendments inserted, the Board of Commissioners approves and adopts the Appropriation Bill, which authorizes funding and staffing levels for each department.
The fiscal year begins. The Appropriation Ordinance is implemented on December 1.
Quarterly allotments are implemented and monthly expenditure and revenue reports are reviewed to ensure the resources allocated through the Appropriation Ordinance are managed. In accordance with the STAR Performance Management program, offices report data about how well programs are functioning and services are being provided to ensure high quality services are provided with the resources collected.