Budget information graphic from the city. Click to enlarge.
One witty area politico recent said of Chicago City Council, “Who would want that job? All they get to do is talk about budget cuts!”
Now that Ald. Ameya Pawar’s (47th) got that job, budget cuts is a good chunk of what he has to talk about and 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday at McPherson Elementary, 4728 N. Wolcott Ave., we get a chance to hear him talk about Chicago’s diminishing budget and how he plans to vote on it.
You can download a copy of the budget here. But these are the big ticket items you’re going to hear about:
- The 19th Police District is being combined with the 23rd.
- City water fees are going up – maybe as much as doubling in four years.
- 20% of Tax Increment Financing funds are being diverted to Chicago Public Schools.
- Condo buildings are losing their garbage pickup refund (which is no big deal, since the city is behind on providing those refunds).
- Library hours are probably going to be cut.
- Garbage pick up is going to a grid system, giving aldermen less oversight.
- No city property tax increases–this year.