$3.2 billion 2014 Cook County Budget passes unanimously with 17-0 vote
CHICAGO, IL â€“ The newest member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Stanley Moore (D-4th), along with the other 16 Cook County Commissioners, unanimously passed President Toni Preckwinkleâ€™s $3.2 billion 2014 budget. It is the second time in four years that the Cook County budget has been passed with a 17-0 vote.
This was Commissioner Mooreâ€™s (D-4th) first experience with Cook Countyâ€™s budgeting process. â€œBeing new to the County Board, I am pleased to say that through collaboration with the different departments, agencies, and elected officials, we didnâ€™t leave the burden of the shortfall of budget on the shoulders of taxpayers of Cook County,â€ said Commissioner Moore (D-4th).
The budget contains no new taxes, fees or fines due in large part to cost saving from CountyCare, the Medicaid expansion program under Affordable Care Act.
Commissioner Moore (D-4th) added,â€ We are making critical investments in our public safety systems and public health systems, which has been a priority of mine since Iâ€™ve assumed office.â€
Cook County will increase its funding of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center by $9 million. This increase in funding will help alleviate the potential increase at the JTDC from the â€œRaise the Ageâ€ legislation that rose the age of minors from 17 to 18 years old.
In June, the County reported a preliminary budget deficit of $152 million. The County expects to close the gap with a projected increase of $16.5 million in tax revenues; Medicaid reimbursements to Cook County Health and Hospital Systems of $86.5 million; and $10.5 million in other savings throughout the County health system.
Commissioner Stanley Moore (D-4th) was appointed Cook County Commissioner of the fourth district in April 2013. The fourth district of Cook County includes all or parts of the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 18th, and 21st Wards in the City of Chicago as well as some or all of Lansing, Calumet City, South Holland, Burnham, Dolton, and Evergreen Park in suburban Cook County.