Ward Reports September 21, 2021

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) wrote in his latest newsletter, “I remain opposed to the provision in this budget proposal that mandates an increase in property taxes for citizens based on a calculation of the rising property index, especially considering that so many residents are still recovering from the economic and financial fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”  

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted “We are borrowing $300+ Million to pay for police back pay which nobody planned for. Debt taken on to be repaid over the next 30 years - a deferred tax hike Lightfoot doesn’t want to talk about” 

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33) tweeted “Listening to the Mayor’s budget address today was kind of confusing. A lot of her speech was funding the needs of communities to prevent violence and recognizing it’s root causes. But she also introduced an ordinance to “sue gang members” against advice from civil rights orgs.”  

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) tweeted “Me to [Rodriguez-Sanchez] immediately following the mayor’s 2022 budget address: ‘Well, you got the mayor to say mental health 17 times.’” 

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted “Glad to hear some inroads towards income-based fines and fees as our office has been working on since taking office. It’s not all that we need for this moment, but it’s a step in that direction.” 

Ald. Maria Hadden (49) in a thread about Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget proposal tweeted “I applaud the Mayor and her team for listening to City Council and proposing some good first drafts of what these investments could look like in 2022. Though she didn't involve any of us in this budget, I hope she'll work with us to fine tune these ideas.”

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