Another F&%#ing Deficit?
Cook County government faces a $300 million budget shortfall next year, and the Stroger administration suggests that could force across-the-board 10 percent cuts.
Jaye Williams, the county's chief financial officer, delivered that downbeat news this week to other county financial officials, sources told the Tribune.
The administration attributes the shortfall to the County Board's decision to cut the sales tax rate by a half percentage point against the wishes of Board President Todd Stroger, who earlier had pushed through a 1 percentage point increase. The county also expects lower federal funding, which had spiked because of economic stimulus efforts.