Cook County Finance Committee and Special Board Meetings
November 17, 2022
The Finance Committee considered and passed 26 amendments to the proposed 2023 Cook County Budget of $8.75 Billion. The Board then immediately met and voted to approve the budget, as amended. These amendments increased the total amount by about $73 Million, resulting in the final $8.8 Billion 2023 budget. (Item 22-5700) The final budget continued to have no increases in taxes or fees or layoffs, while continuing the supplemental payments to the Pension Fund.
Some of the key amendments which utilized these funds or transferred funds from other line items included
Additionally, the Budget Resolution was amended to allow Cook County Health to use up to 30% of any excess Net Patient Services revenue over budget in 2023 to address increased costs related to direct patient care. (Amend. #26)
The additional dollars for these amendments came primarily from
During the public comment period, several speakers spoke against use of money for leasing the helicopter and adding 2 positions to the 911 call center, and advocated for the need for more funding to create a non-police response to mental health crises. The Civic Federation spoke in favor of the proposed budget, nevertheless noting concerns, including
League Observer: Priscilla Mims
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