victoryIN THE FIRST STAGE, WE’VE PRESERVED THE SEPARATION OF RTIC AS AS ITS OWN BALLOT QUESTION!

Here’s an update on Wednesday’s Ways and Means Committee Hearing. It started with the announcement of a compromise–the mayor and comptroller were willing to allow the real time Intelligence center to be its own question. In exchange, Lewis Reed made some concessions. The list of projects would be less detailed and more flexible, and the $10 million for home repair was eliminated.

Lyda Krewson offered an amendment to fold the RTIC back into the overall proposal. It was defeated with a 5-4 vote. Here’s how it broke down: NO–Kennedy, French, Moore, Carter, Reed YES: Krewson, Florida, Baringer, Williamson

In the process, three committee members stated they could not support the bond issue at all if the RTIC did not remain a separate question. Hats off to Alders Kennedy and French and President Reed!

We need to maintain this victory when the bill comes to the floor of the full Board Friday. That meeting begins at 10 am, and a show of support would be great. Come down, if you can!

Our victory hangs in the balance. The compromise with the mayor and comptroller was breached when $ were restored to the home repair program. The mayor has promised to fight the bill in its current form.


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