Cook County Board Approves $4.4B Amended FY17 Budget on Party Lines after a Sometimes Heated Meeting
Cook County Board of Commissioners - Finance Committee and Board Meeting
November 15, 2016
Approving the budget (11): Arroyo, Boykin, Butler, Daley, Fritchey, Gainer, Garcia, Moore, Sims, Suffredin, and Tobolski.
Voting no were the 4 Republicans: Goslin, Morrison (stated reason was because he was against the sweetened beverage tax), Schneider (noted the budget was $3 billion in 2010 and believes more cost-cutting and efficiencies could have been realized for this budget), and Silvestri.
Absent: Moody (in the hospital) and Steele (recovering).
Twenty-seven amendments were filed and then posted the day before for consideration by the Finance Committee. Commissioner Morrison complained a number of times that this did not provide him sufficient time to properly consider the merits and issues with each. The League in the past has urged that there be more time provided for review of amendments by both the Commissioners and the public. Probably because of the insufficient review time, there were 9 substitute amendments that were written during the meeting. Most of these were not posted in time for this observer to see them during the discussion and vote by the Board.
Several amendments were “technical” in nature, meaning that they had the approval of the appropriate departments and the Budget Department and simply moved money and positions from one area to another within that department.
The amendments generating the most discussion included:
Observer - Priscilla Mims
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