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AN ORDINANCE REGARDING PASSAGE OF AN ANNUAL APPROPRIATION AND SPENDING PLAN THAT INCLUDES TAX INCREASES AFTER JANUARY 1ST OF EACH BUDGET YEAR

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Date Introduced: 9/18/2007
Date Passed:

Sponsors:
Silvestri
Co-Sponsors:
Gorman, Goslin, Peraica, Schneider, Suffredin

Summary:

Ordinance to require a 3/5 majority of votes for approval of any annual appropriation and spending plan adopted after January 1.


Activity Log:

9/18/2007
Co-sponsors added.
9/18/2007
Referred to Committee on Finance.

Full Text of Legislation:

WHEREAS, Cook County government appropriates nearly $3 billion in an annual appropriation and spending plan; and

 

WHEREAS, such spending plan includes appropriations for all county bureaus, agencies and departments, including those bureaus, agencies and departments under the authority of other county elected officials; and

 

WHEREAS, the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners is legally obligated to submit a proposed appropriation and spending plan to the Cook County Board of Commissioners for their review, amendment and adoption; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners are required to adopt a balanced budget no later than February 28th of that budget year; and

 

WHEREAS, such spending plan is affected by revenues generated by taxes, fees and other sources, and impacts the residents of Cook County; and

 

WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon the administration to submit such appropriation as soon as possible, and upon the Board of Commissioners to review, amend and adopt such appropriation in a timely manner; and

 

WHEREAS, it is more difficult to avoid tax increases or inordinate budget reductions if the statutory deadline for passage of the appropriation is upon the Board of Commissioners; and

 

WHEREAS, the most important duty of the Board of Commissioners is to protect the public interest by approving an appropriation and spending plan in an orderly and timely fashion; and

 

WHEREAS, the General Assembly has statutorily recognized the importance of passing their budget in a timely manner, with the requirement of a greater vote or super-majority needed to pass tax increases after a specified date; and

 

WHEREAS, if approved, this amendment would establish a more difficult process to approve tax increases or drastic budget reductions after the specified date.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that Chapter 34 Finance, Section 34-6 of the Cook County Code is hereby enacted as follows:

 

Sec. 34-6.  Passage requirements for any tax increase after January 1st.

Any tax increase of any kind proposed as part of any annual appropriation and spending plan, to be adopted by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, after January 1st of any budget year, shall require a greater majority of commissioners, sixty percent (60%) or 11 members, for passage, through February 28th, the final date authorized by state statute for the passage of a balanced County budget.


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