Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said he has the votes needed to pass his budget proposal, including a record property tax increase, in the city council later this month.
"The short answer is, yes, we will have the votes, for not just my budget, but for major restructuring of the city's finances and putting us on a firmer ground financially," the mayor said, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Emanuel said he expects his 2016 budget plan will see some tweaks prior to it going up for a vote on October 28.
At least one council member, Ald. George Cardenas (12th), thinks Emanuel could get behind the idea of putting a ceiling on his proposed monthly garbage collection fee of $9.50 for single family homes and smaller apartment buildings. A number of council members have expressed concern that the administration could move to lift the fee higher than $9.50 in the future.
Cardenas also tells the newspaper that there is talk about establishing a special city account for garbage collection revenue.