County spending cuts overdue
Friday, November 19, 2010
by Sun Times editorial staff
Faced with new numbers showing a $487 million deficit, Cook County
President-elect Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday said just what we hoped she
“We don’t have any choice but to manage it,” she after
revealing that she has asked all county officials to cut their budgets
by 21 percent. “We’re not talking about increasing revenues, we’re
talking decreasing spending.”
The County Board already
has rolled back half of its ill-advised penny-on-the-dollar sales tax
increase, and Preckwinkle pledges to repeal the rest.
But not now, she repeated Thursday. The focus, she said, is on the 2011 budget, which must be passed by the end of February.
the right focus — but not the only one. As we said on election night,
Preckwinkle must move quickly to scale back the entire tax increase. She
needs a plan and a firm timetable.
Preckwinkle ran on it, and voters expect — and deserve — quick action.