Mayor Daley delivered his final budget address to the City Council on Wednesday and got a nearly two-minute standing ovation that evolved into cheers.
No wonder. He’s using one-shot revenues to hold the line on taxes, fines and fees in 2011 — and provide modest head-tax relief to business — making life easier for aldermen facing re-election, but more difficult for his successor.
“It’s kind of like a homeowner that has to sell their dining room set in order to pay next month’s rent. It doesn’t sound like a good idea. But if they don’t get next month’s rent, they don’t have a roof,” said Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee.
The mayor also is counting on $32 million in savings generated by a full year of union concessions not yet negotiated. The deal for unpaid furlough days and comp time instead of cash overtime expires June 30.
And instead of doing something positive with his last few months in office, he's going down to Springfield to screw everyone over one more time:
- The only tough issue the mayor even attempted to tackle was the city’s pension crisis. He said he would introduce legislation in the General Assembly’s fall veto session that would extend to newly-hired police officers and firefighters the two-tier pension system imposed on other newly-hired employees.