2017-2018 budget passes, everyone declares victory

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.

The final budget details are here, and in the coming weeks they will move over to the City Budget Office’s web site here.