Aldermen Arena, Ramirez-Rosa, Waguespack Call for Responsible Revenue Plan, Vote Against $1.1 Billion Bond Deal
CHICAGO (June 17, 2015)–Aldermen Scott Waguespack (32), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35) and John Arena (45) voted to oppose the $1.1 billion bond deal proposed at Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meetings, saying more specific plans are needed about the Mayor’s plan to raise revenue to fill budget gaps.
As the Chicago City Council prepares to approve his latest budget Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel repeatedly has reminded voters that he didn’t raise city property taxes during his first four years in office.
The 2015 budget vote was 46-4, and although some changes were made to this upcoming budget it has several serious problems that I do not believe serve our constituents of the 32nd Ward, or the entire city. At times, Chicago seems to be stuck in a time warp. We offered solutions to the financial, public safety and other issues that face us, but were outvoted. This election year budget did focus a little more on the potholes and tree trims, but leaves our kids and future generations holding a “scoop and toss” time bomb that overshadows the tree and pothole budgets.
Just four out of 50 aldermen voted not to approve Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.3 billion budget for next year. 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack said the main reason he voted against it was unanswered questions about the Chicago Police Department’s portion of the pie. More specifically, the department’s growing overtime costs—and the lack of information on the expense.