27 October 2021
Public Statement – 2022 City Budget
I am pleased to be able to announce my support for the 2022 Appropriations Ordinance and associated budget documents presented to City Council at the October 27th session.
This year, I introduced the first independent Aldermanic budget proposal in thirty years. That preliminary framework, which was drafted before the final numbers for federal aid and revenue projections were released, has helped shape and guide my priorities for this budget season. My support for this budget ultimately stems from the substantial funding increases included for issues of critical concern for myself and my constituents, including and especially:
No budget is perfect. I am concerned by the City’s ongoing reliance on regressive revenue streams, its long-term debt positions, and the outsized portion of departmental budget appropriations that goes to the Chicago Police Department. In this year’s budget, CPD takes in roughly twenty cents out of every dollar spent on departmental funding. This is simply unsustainable, both in year to year expenses and in terms of long-term pension debt.
This budget contains many hopeful first steps towards a city that fully funds our communities. It remains for us as elected representatives to continue building on this beginning. I support this budget, with concerns but in the hopes of a sustainable path towards equitable spending and fully-funded services for our neighbors and our communities.
Very truly yours,
Alderman – 40th Ward