WBEZ | Joan Patricia Murphy http://www.wbez.org/tags/joan-patricia-murphy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cook County commissioners differ on how sales tax impacts budget http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/cook-county-commissioners-differ-how-sales-tax-impacts-budget <p><p>Cook County commissioners are scheduled to discuss a new budget this week and they're still at odds over the effects of a controversial sales tax.</p><p>Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle campaigned on rolling back a one percentage point increase in the sales tax. In her first budget since taking office, Preckwinkle's scaling back part of it - a move she says is contributing to the county's $487 million deficit.</p><p>Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin says there's more to the shortfall.</p><p>&quot;The repeal of the sales tax is part of the issue here, but the mismanagement of the prior administration is really the story of this budget,&quot;&nbsp;Suffredin said.</p><p>But Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy says any layoffs or cuts in services that are approved in the budget are due to the sales tax reduction.</p><p>&quot;It was the newspapers. The newspapers brainwashed the people into thinking this was the worst thing that ever happened to Cook County. It wasn't,&quot;&nbsp;Murphy said.</p><p>Commissioners are scheduled to address the budget Friday.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/cook-county-commissioners-differ-how-sales-tax-impacts-budget