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Bill tackles county tax hikes

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times

A Cook County Board president who proposes a tax hike late in the budget process would need a super-majority to pass such a hike, according to a bill to be introduced today. The bipartisan proposal comes after two years of board frustration of starting the fiscal year without a budget even being introduced, giving commissioners just a few weeks to review $3 billion in spending, places to cut and whether a tax increase is really needed. The move would also strengthen the power of a board that for years was controlled by former Board President John Stroger. The plan from Republican Peter Silvestri and Democrat Larry Suffredin would require a president to win 11 votes on the 17-member board -- instead of nine -- if a budget is introduced after Jan. 1 and calls for a tax hike.


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