Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released a 37-point transition report yesterday, a roadmap for her new administration as she and the county's other elected officials work on closing a $487 million budget gap for the next fiscal year. Check out the full report here (PDF).
Among the "major initiatives" Preckwinkle's administration will seek to implement is rolling back the remainder of the Stroger administration's sales tax increase in time for the county's 2013 fiscal year budget. Doing so will likely prove a tricky balancing act. The roll-back will hit county's revenues to the tune of $200 million annually, requiring county government "to achieve greater levels of efficiency and effectiveness." To that end, the report emphasizes long-term fiscal planning, a moratorium on "non-essential" capital projects and contracts, reducing procurement costs, and other proposals. Preckwinkle promises a reduced management headcount in her FY 2012 budget. She also will explore a new policing system for forest preserve land.
Also noted in the report: a full list of Preckwinkle's transition team, 73 people from labor, business, non-profit, and governmental sectors. The county board is next scheduled to gather on December 14.