Cook County Budget Hearings Are Underway
The first of several hearings to set next year’s Cook County budget got underway Monday. And some commissioners don’t seem happy about having to close a $200 million budget gap.
The county finds itself with a budget gap after commissioners repealed a controversial sweetened-beverage tax two weeks ago. That means they have to find $200 million in cuts or revenue. Republican Commissioner Sean Morrison says some departments are still counting on the pop tax money. Democratic Commissioner Deborah Sims says commissioners have the hard job of making the cuts. The board wants to set the budget by Nov. 16th.