Community Conversations

A special WTIP Thursday Community Conversation on setting the county budget and levy

Late last year the Cook County Commissioners’ room was packed with taxpayers as the county board prepared to finalize the 2017 budget and levy. Now it’s time to do it again.

Jay Andersen and Joe Friedrichs discussed the 2018 budget and levy with a panel of officials who make the decisions that will affect all Cook County residents. With them in the studio were county commissioners Ginny Storlie and Heidi Doo-Kirk, Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers and County Administrator Jeff Cadwell.

The county needs to set a preliminary levy by September 19 and a final levy by the end of December. In between time, the numbers can be lowered, but cannot increase.