Not that the budget meeting was going well to begin with but The Toddler and Commissioner Mik Quigley really got into a back and forth heated argument. Last budget when his happened they appologized to each other by sending each other flowers. Still no word on a floral delivery to either one yet. Will it be yellow roses again this year?


Stroger insists on bigger sales tax hike

February 29, 2008
By Steve Patterson, Sun-Times News Group
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has the votes he needs to raise the county sales tax to 1.5 percent and help balance the county budget.

But he's rejecting it because he wants an even higher sales tax increase that will prevent him from having to ask taxpayers for more funds in 2009 and 2010 - when he's up for re-election.

That rejection surprised commissioners Thursday as they instead went into the night slicing and dicing the budget in hopes of filling a projected $226 million deficit. They have until midnight tonight to reach a compromise or risk a shutdown of county government.

Stroger on Thursday was unwilling to budge from his demand that the sales tax be raised from .75 percent to 2 percent, which would give the county roughly $800 million more each year - far more than is needed to balance the budget. Stroger has eight votes in support of the bigger tax hike but has been unable to secure a needed ninth vote.

But Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston) agreed to provide Stroger with a swing vote to double the sales tax from .75 percent to 1.5 percent. That would bring the county about $300 million more a year.

But with commissioners waiting so long to approve a tax increase, it wouldn't take effect until November - meaning the county only could collect about $53 million this year.

So Suffredin and other commissioners proposed eliminating some of the jobs Stroger wants to add to the budget as well as cutting back on overtime and consultants to help make ends meet until the county can collect a full year of the greater sales tax revenue. But the board rejected those cuts.

8 Comments:

  1. Anonymous said...
    Are these commissioners disfunctional or what?

    What an embarassment
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    The Toddler wants to *add* jobs to the county payroll? How stupid is this guy? Does he have more relatives and friends who need jobs?

    Hey Biloxi--the real former Urkel was caught by the paporazi (spelling?) not getting past the door guy at a club in California.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    There was a news clip of the Toddler telling people the meeting was like kindergarten. I started laughing so hard I didn't hear the rest.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has the votes he needs to raise the county sales tax to 1.5 percent and help balance the county budget."

    Sigh... When this clown CC President going to be removed? No budget.. Insane..

    "Hey Biloxi--the real former Urkel was caught by the paporazi (spelling?) not getting past the door guy at a club in California."

    Really? Ha Ha! I know the actor who played Urkel went to UCLA. That what I heard. I have seen or heard about the actor in a long time. Maybe the actor can play Stroller if Chicago decides to make a movie about Todd Stroller.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Correction: I haven't seen or heard about the actor.
    Anonymous said...
    Interesting that the independent reformer larry suffreden supplied the deciding vote.

    Just last month, during his campaign, he was talking about how he disagrees with the stroger tax policy. Now he cast the deciding vote.

    He talks out of both sides.

    By the way, this who crisis was caused by patronage. I heard a story the other day about a mailroom clerk at the cc highway dept getting $80,000 per year. I dont know if its true, but if it is the whole bunch should be impeached.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Yes and the Toddler's door is always open, anyone can come talk to the Toddler. But you can't talk to our Governor he's hard to find lately.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Hey Anonymous, everybody's salary is listed here:

    Salaries

    Remember the multiple doomsdays for the CTA? I know the cost of living in Cook Ct. is expensive but does every bus driver have to make over $50,000 a year? What education does that require, a high school diploma?

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