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Steele pushing for tax hike

Thursday, October 26, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Board President Bobbie Steele is proposing a 5 percent hike on the Forest Preserve District portion of property taxes to pay for the District's 2007 budget. The $167 million budget Steele presented Wednesday would add an extra $1.98 to the property tax bill on a $200,000 home. The budget includes the creation of a new human-resources department to provide better monitoring of hiring and promotions and also sets aside $1 million each for acquiring land, prepare for tree removal in case of an invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer and management of land. A series of public meetings will lead to a Nov. 15 budget vote.



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