Complete the 49th Ward Budget Survey
Last month, Mayor Lightfoot unveiled her budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year. Included in this year's budget proposal is the allocation of $1.89 billion in federal funding that was allocated to Chicago through the American Rescue Plan Act.
We want to hear your thoughts on the budget proposal! Please take a moment to complete the 49th Ward budget survey online to help us identify the priorities of 49th Ward residents. Your responses will help inform Alderwoman Hadden as we enter discussions for next year's budget.
Our office will share the results of this survey during our budget town hall (October 20). The budget survey will close on October 18.
Take the online survey: bit.ly/2022Budget49
Sign up to attend the town hall: bit.ly/2022BudgetTownHall
49th Ward Virtual Town Hall October 20
The 49th Ward will host another budget town hall on Wednesday, October 20, at 6 pm. We will go over the budget proposal and amendments leading up to the final vote on October 27. We will also go over the 49th Ward budget survey results.
Register to attend the meeting at bit.ly/2000BudgetTownHall. Spanish translation will be available.
49th Ward Virtual Town Hall October 6
Join the 49th Ward office on Wednesday, October 6, at 6 PM via zoom for our monthly town hall! Ald. Hadden will share updates on the 2022 budget proposal and hear feedback from residents.
Register at: bit.ly/2022budgettownhall.
Mayor Lightfoot Unveils 2022 Budget Proposal
On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year. The budget proposal includes $1.89 billion in federal funding allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Heading into the budget hearings, the city faces an estimated $733 million budget gap for 2021. The Mayor is proposing to close that budget gap by allocating ARPA funds as revenue replacement. The mayor and budget team are also setting aside ARPA funds for revenue replacement in 2022 ($385 million), and holding $152.4 million for the 2023 budget (when ARPA funds run out).
The proposal calls for the remaining ARPA funds to be applied to the budget office's Chicago Recovery Plan proposal, which uses both ARPA funding and general obligation bonds to lift Chicago out of the pandemic and on a path towards recovery. The $1.227 billion spending plan focuses on two goals: thriving and safe communities and equitable economic recovery.
Some of the key features of the plan include:
$31.5 million for a guaranteed basic income pilot, which would provide 5,000 families with a monthly stipend of $500 (Chairman Villegas, Alderwoman King, and I introduced a resolution in July calling for GBI hearings)
$25 million for gender-based violence reduction
$20 million for mental health equity
$15 million for the 911 alternative response model
$5 million to establish a new sobering center facility
$45 million for community safety and violence reduction
$20 million for youth intervention programs
$10 million for a youth justice diversion program
$86.8 million for environmental justice (which includes expanding the tree canopy, neighborhood climate resiliency projects, environmental justice/hazard program, and environmental reviews)
$117 million for homelessness support services (including permanent supportive housing, non-congregate housing, rapid rehousing, shelter infrastructure investments, and high utilize diversion housing)
$65 million for youth programs
$16 million for artist relief and works fund and Together We Heal place-making grants
$101.3 million for community climate investments (includes climate-related infrastructure investments and energy efficiency and renewable energy projects)
$60.6 million for parks and infrastructure
$10 million for a re-entry workforce program for formerly incarcerated individuals
$20 million to promote Chicago as a tourist destination
The 2022 corporate budget proposal doesn't include any new fines, fees, or taxes (outside of the automatic property tax hikes) for Chicago residents. However, it does call for an increase in the Police Department budget by 11%. This increase is a result of contractual obligations under the new FOP contract, on which I voted no.
As we enter the budget season, I will be scrutinizing the line-by-line budget proposal closely to ensure that we are building back better. We have a unique opportunity to lift our city out of the pandemic through the use of ARPA funds. Currently, the budget proposal calls for 70% of those funds to be allocated towards revenue replacement.
For months, my colleagues in the Progressive Caucus and I have been championing legislation that calls for the allocation of ARPA funds to go towards housing assistance, homelessness prevention and resources, guaranteed basic income, mental health services, violence prevention, alternative crisis response, mental health resources, gender-based violence resources, and more. While I applaud the Mayor and her team for listening to these calls from City Council, she did not include us in those discussions. As we look over the first draft of the budget, I urge the Mayor to work with us to fine-tune these proposals so we can truly lift Chicago out of this pandemic.
As we enter 2022, we have an opportunity and responsibility to create a values-based budget that answers the needs of our residents. I will not support anything less than that.
To view all of the 2022 budget documents, visit the city's website by clicking here.
Host Your Own Budget Party
Chicago's City Budget process is beginning this month and Alderwoman Hadden wants to hear what 49th Ward residents want to see in the budget. People's Budget Chicago is in their second year of engaging everyday Chicagoans in conversations and activities about our budget. You can sign up to host your own budget party in our community. You'll receive a People's Budget kit, demo video, and optional one-on-one support. You can sign up here: www.peoplesbudgetchicago.com.