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CHICAGO - Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the City’s budget team have concluded a series of Budget Town Hall meetings last week where nearly 2,600 residents, elected officials and other key stakeholders from across Chicago’s neighborhoods participated by sharing their views about how the City should address the 2020 budget and its long term financial and economic issues. As part of her commitment to transparency and inclusion in governing, Mayor Lightfoot led a series of five budget town halls, and launched a first-ever public survey to encourage the maximum level of engagement.
After hearing from residents from across Chicago, today the City is releasing the results of this year’s Budget 2020 engagement process to provide all stakeholders insight into the feedback received, which will be considered in the development of the City’s 2020 budget.
"Our Budget Town Halls were critical in shining a light on the budget-making process and craft a responsible spending plan that directly responds to the needs of every community," said Mayor Lightfoot. "Though different communities may have focused on different issues, every resident shared a desire for their tax dollars to be spent equitably and to see every neighborhood thrive. Over the coming weeks, this historic level of engagement will be used to shape our decisions on how we build stronger, safer communities, and create a city that is more fair and more prosperous for every Chicagoan for generations to come."
The Town Hall forums, which drew more than 230 questions and public testimonials, capped off an extensive community engagement process with nearly 2,600 attendees engaged across all five forums. The City also launched an online public survey to gauge the public’s positions on the budget process and how revenues and expenditures are managed. The budget survey and town hall results highlighted a strong interest in understanding or addressing the following: