Cook County Health Special Board Meeting - September 11, 2020
After one hour of testimony and four hours of discussion, the Cook County Health Board approved a budget of $3.3 billion for 2021. The budget for 2020 was $2.8 billion. However, along with the approved budget, it also voted 6-4 to add an amendment asking for an additional $23 million which equates to the "indirect" costs of CC Correctional and Public Health Departments. Interim CEO Carey and Interim Chief Business Officer Gibson were asked to ASAP identify what services, staff, etc. would be restored if the $23 million was granted.
Hours were spent in discussion with a majority of board members stating that they wanted to have more early involvement in setting budget priorities. The Board’s Vice-Chair made the following points:
Interim CEO Carey noted that there were over 100 public speakers during the two budget hearings and the Sept. 11, 2020 special board meeting to approve the budget. Two programs eliminated in the 2021 budget generated a significant amount of testimony:
As the meeting closed, several members of the board restated the following points:
For those wishing to have more information about the budget categories and amounts, the 2021 proposed budget can be found HERE.
Diane Edmundson - Observer
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