Cook County Board Meeting - February 10, 2016
Standout Decision for Meeting:
The Cook County Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution urging the US government to grant non-citizen Veterans and their families the right to remain legally in the country despite minor non-violent offenses that may have been committed and caused deportation. Both Republican and Democratic commissioners joined to support the resolution.
Significant Decisions Made:
The board also passed a resolution urging the State legislature to restore the 12 month grace period before Cook County properties will be offered up to tax debt buyers.
Significant Topics Discussed:
A tax incentive for Walmart to locate in Homewood on a vacant rental property was referred to the Economic Development Committee (Item 16-0456). Many commissioners pushed back regarding offering lower taxes to Walmart. Com. Murphy presented the item, and said the alternative was their moving to Indiana. They recently announced the closure of the Matteson Walmart store (in Com. Sims’ district), and this is an effort to keep them in the community. Com. Garcia said he would give the item a vigorous hearing during committee.
Items to Watch for in the Future:
Observer: Amy Little Meeting Length - 3 hours
Finance Committee Meeting of the Cook County Board - February 9, 2016
Significant Decision Made:
The Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling upon the State's Attorney to:
The County’s 2016 budget was balanced based on the expectation of receiving $225.2 million from the State. However, as a result of the State’s fiscal crisis and the lack of a budget authorizing expenditures, the State is paying monies owed to the County very late, if at all.
The main concern at the moment is that the County will not receive $31 million broken down as follows:
- $2 million (to date, but more costs will be incurred) for the State's Attorney's Appellate Assistance Program (which has to be done, so if the State isn't covering it, the County will have to)
- $2.1 million for the Department of Public Health to conduct inspections that are mandated by the State (so again, if the State won't pay, the County will have to)
- $1.8 million for a street project at 167th Street in Harvey that is already underway by the County, but for which word has been received that state funding (previously granted) will not be coming.
Observer: Priscilla Mims
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