47th Ward City Budget Debrief
After much consideration and months of conversations with neighbors, I voted no on the 2020 budget. While I commend the Mayor and her budget team for filling this year’s budget gap without layoffs or a significant property tax increase, ultimately, I saw a number of critical missed opportunities to seek more progressive sources of revenue, fund our social services in a more robust manner, and pursue structural changes that will set us on the path to solvency.
Over the past few months, my office has hosted three town halls, and over 100 neighbors have filled out our budget survey. Now, we want to breakdown the 2020 budget, debrief the process, and talk about how we can move forward to best ensure our next budget reflects the sort of structural reform that we need.
You can read more my vote here: https://www.aldermanmartin.com/2020-budget