This morning the City Council put the final touches on the city’s 2017-2018 biennial budget, and this afternoon it voted the budget, and all its accompanying legislative acts, into law.
This morning’s meeting was a timid affair, with three last-minute amendments to close items left unresolved last Wednesday, plus a handful of technical corrections. This afternoon’s vote was perfunctory, since all nine Council members sit on both the Budget committee and the full Council.
The closest thing to budget-related drama today was Council member Kshama Sawant’s traditional “no” vote on the full budget, once again describing it as a “business as usual” budget that doesn’t meet the aspirations of her “people’s budget” movement. The budget was adopted by a vote of 8-1.
All nine Council members — including Sawant — declared victory on their adopted causes, and all except Council member O’Brien took a turn speechifying before the final vote to crow about what they managed to get funded.