Kane County taxpayers may be on the hook for up to $1.3 million if the state of Illinois does not make good on its promise to reimburse the county for its child support collection efforts.
The state failed to pay the money owed to Kane county for its collection efforts this fiscal year, accounting for nearly $700,000 in outstanding debt. The county is poised to renew their child support collection contract for the new fiscal year beginning July 1, despite the fact that the move will likely put the state in further arrears to the tune of over a million dollars.
The county is caught between a rock and a hard place of sorts. If the county does not continue its child support collection services, the responsibility would fall back on the state. This would most likely translate into longer wait times – up to 11 weeks typically – and less local support which would have a negative impact on families relying on child support in the area. Over 7000 child support enforcement cases are pending in the county currently.
Source: The Daily Herald, “Kane County Might Assume More Child Support Costs From State”, by James Fuller, May 5, 2016.