"This budget rests on a framework of long term financial management and strategic structural changes across county government," Preckwinkle said.
But some commissioners already are bristling at the tax and fee increases in the $2.94 billion proposal, including the hikes on alcohol, cigarette products and county parking garage fees.
Suburban commissioners were especially concerned about Preckwinkle's idea to institute a special tax on each of the estimated 100,000 unincorporated residents to help balance the budget, which had a projected shortfall of $315 million. The tax would amount to an average of $150 per household, Preckwinkle said today.
"I don't think that any taxpayer should pay higher fees for anything until we look at making this county as lean and efficient as it possibly can," said Commissioner Timothy Schneider, R-Streamwood, whose district includes unincorporated areas.
Commissioner William Beavers, D-Chicago, said he's staunchly opposed to the tax and fee increases in Preckwinkle's budget. Beavers, who was an ally of Preckwinkle predecessor Todd Stroger, was against Preckwinkle's decision to rollback Stroger's sales tax. Another quarter of the penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase will be eliminated on Jan. 1 under Preckwinkle's plan.
"In looking at this budget, I don't like it," Beavers said. "First of all that one penny would have taken care of all of this. Increasing those cigarettes, tobacco, poor man's taxes, beer...I don't see this budget going anywhere."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun