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Officials not cutting budget, Stroger says

Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Chicago Tribune

COOK COUNTY -- Cook County Board President Todd Stroger said Tuesday that the county's elected officials were refusing to cooperate with his recommendation that they cut their budgets by 17 percent.
 
A number of those officials last week said the suggested budget cut was too drastic and that Stroger issued the recommendation without first consulting with them.
 
In a written statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Stroger said "taxpayers should be very disappointed that their elected officials have so far refused to cooperate in finding a solution to the county's budget crisis."
 
Stroger said he looked forward to meeting with officials this week "to find common ground." Stroger has until the end of February to propose a budget and get it approved by the County Board.
 
The county faces a projected $500 million deficit in 2007 without spending cuts or tax increases, which Stroger has ruled out.


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