CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It could be a tight vote Tuesday when the Chicago City Council virtually meet to consider Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed budget for next year, which includes a $94 million property tax increase.
Mayor Lightfoot needs at least 26 votes to get her nearly $13-billion spending plan approved. There are a number of progressive aldermen who have suggested changes, only to see those amendments shuffled off to die in committee, like a plan to take more than $5 million from the police budget and put it into mental health services. Critics also don’t like the mayor’s proposed property tax increase.
Mayor Lightfoot said she had to make some tough choices and not kick the can down the road.
"We have done a budget that has a $94 million property tax increase. For the average Chicago home, that means an additional $56 annually," she said.
The budget includes a yearly property tax increase tied to the cost of living, and a three-cents a gallon increase in the gasoline tax.
She said "65% of the deficit for 2021 is directly tied to COVID-19 related impacts, so there were no easy decisions here."