CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion budget passed its first major test on Monday, as the City Council’s Budget Committee endorsed the spending plan after the mayor made a slight change to satisfy aldermen who fear his proposed garbage collection fee would be used to pay for other things.
As part of an amended budget unanimously endorsed by the Budget Committee, the $62.7 million in revenue from the fee would be deposited in a separate fund, which the mayor’s aides assured aldermen would go to pay only for hauling trash.
“Revenue from the proposed garbage fee, and a portion of the expenses associated with the collection of garbage in the city of Chicago has been put into its own fund. You’ll see that to clearly reflect the fact that those fees are being used for garbage collection,” Budget Director Alexandra Holt said.
Several aldermen have said they want to see the proposed $9.50 monthly per-household garbage collection fee trashed, but Ald. John Arena (45th) wasn’t one of them.
“Personally, I think it’s actually a good proposal. I think the way we implement it’s going to be important. I’d like to see that go into an enterprise fund,” he said.