Public schools, mental health services and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to phaseout the
city's health care subsidy for a number of retired municipal workers
were some of the concerns Chicagoans raised at a budget town hall
meeting Wednesday night.
The city council's Progressive Reform Caucus held the packed town hall meeting at
United Electrical Workers Hall and heard comments from dozens of
residents about the mayor's proposed 2014 budget, which was unveiled last week.
The mayor's $8.7 billion 2014 budget does not increase property, sales or gas taxes, but Progressive Reform Caucus members expressed worry that the spending plan relies mainly on other increased taxes and fees that would impact everyone from drivers to cigarette smokers to cable TV customers as a means to help close the city's $339 million deficit.
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