Expect most of your burning budget questions to get clarification at the full City Council meeting on Wednesday, October 14th, when the revenue and levy ordinances will be introduced by the Mayor’s Office. It’s also public comment day for the budget. Budget office spokeswoman Molly Poppe said that introduction will include clarification on the controversial cloud tax. We’ll be looking for possible changes in the property tax levy and any movement on 311 privatization.
The public hearing will be followed by a Budget Committee meeting on the 19th and a Finance Committee meeting on the 20th, Poppe says. The Budget Committee meets again to “defer and publish” on October 21. The text of the ordinance is published in the Council Journals of Proceedings, but not passed, held for a vote until the next meeting. Final consideration is acted on during the “Unfinished Business” portion of a full City Council meeting, scheduled for October 28.
There were 4 “no” votes on last year’s budget: Ald. Bob Fioretti (2), who was running against Rahm Emanuel for Mayor at the time; Ald. Toni Foulkes, who was then 15th Ward Alderman, and is now 16th; Ald. Scott Waguespack (32), and Ald. John Arena (45).