More than half a dozen county staffers said in the final hours before budget amendments were posted that a majority of the board, including all four Republican commissioners, have lined up to co-sponsor President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed fix for the budget’s $200 million gap.
That ensures the budget’s passage next week, but at least one Democrat, Comm. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-7), confirmed Thursday not he is not a co-sponsor.
Garcia is normally a staunch Preckwinkle ally. From the beginning of the budget process, he suggested that some revenue measures should balance the drastic cuts needed. Preckwinkle’s proposal includes the elimination of 1,000 currently vacant positions and roughly 500 layoffs. More than 300 of those positions are union, according to the draft proposal distributed to commissioners on Monday.
Asked the headcount of sponsors of the budget omnibus at the close of business Thursday, Preckwinkle’s spokesperson Frank Shuftan said the situation was “dynamic.”
Budget amendments will be uploaded to Legistar and the budget website Friday morning after 9:00 a.m., a spokesperson for Finance Chairman John Daley told The Daily Line. Amendments will be considered in the order they are posted tomorrow. If the budget amendment is approved in the Finance Committee, the full Board will meet immediately after Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting to affirm the vote.
Any amendment must be budget neutral.