By a 17-0 vote Friday, the Cook County board signed off on a $3.2 billion budget for 2014.
Although the county in June said it projected a $152 million budget deficit,
the 2014 spending plan does not contain any new taxes, fees or fines. The
budget is being balanced, in part, through savings from CountyCare, which expands Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.
The county expects to see some $38.6 million in additional expenses be cut from the budget by way reductions to health and pharmacy benefits for Cook County employees.
Medicaid reimbursements, county health system savings and a projected $16.5 million in tax revenues are also expected to help close the deficit.
The budget also sets aside some $40 million in capital funds for various technology upgrades, including revamps to the county's property tax and criminal data-sharing systems, among others.