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UPDATE: Cook Co. Board approves 17.5% tax increase

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(UPDATE 1:45 PM) -- In a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday, the Cook County Board has narrowly approved a 17.5% tax levy increase.

That's down from the original proposal of a nearly 20 percent levy hike.

County Administrator Jeff Cadwell says Cook County is facing a $1.1 million deficit, and has been using other funds to prevent a major levy increase.

Critics of the increase say it's unreasonable, and doesn't take into account other expenses homeowners in Cook County face.

What this means for residents, according to Cadwell, is a $5-per-month property tax increase for a $100,000 home.

That doubles to $10 a month for a $200,000 home. 

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The Cook County board is set to make a big vote Tuesday, that could end with its residents seeing a nearly 20 percent tax hike. 

According to the County Administrator, Cook County has seen their costs rise over the past several years and been using other funds to prevent a major levy increase. He says it's time to balance the budge, and they just can't get money from anywhere else. 

However, residents are still voicing concerns. 

A group calling themselves Citizens for an Affordable Cook County sent out a survey to residents. They claim their results prove overwhelming opposition. 

The board is set to vote on the budget Tuesday. They did, however, make some revisions last week. 

They are eliminating some funding for street maintenance, to reduce the levy to 17.5 percent.

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