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Stroger Says No New Taxes In County Budget

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Months after convincing commissioners to approve a one-penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger said Wednesday that the spending plan he will introduce next month won't include tax or fee hikes.

"No, it will not include any new revenue sources," Stroger said after a luncheon speech at the City Club of Chicago.

"We will be able to keep our services at the level they are at," he added. "We will be able to make some changes in technology that will make us more efficient and help us reduce the workforce in the future."

Stroger later said the county would not scale back the sales tax hike because of the economy's woes. "We are still going to feel the effects of the economy, so, to scale back at this time would be foolhardy," he said.

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