This Week in Council Chambers

Wednesday will be an interesting day.

Monday morning at the weekly Council Briefing, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations will present the city’s state legislative agenda for the upcoming January session. The Council will also hold closed executive sessions with the City Attorney’s Office on two unnamed litigation-related items.

Monday afternoon the Council will take a final vote on a technical correction to its recent change to the admissions tax.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes the following new pieces of legislation:

  • a resolution adopting the state legislative agenda;
  • an update to the Neighborhood Matching Fund Program that establishes new program guidelines and allows unspent funds to be carried forward to the following year;
  • an ordinance relaxing restrictions on “grandfathered” short-term rental properties;
  • several items related to the budget development process.

Wednesday morning, during a meeting of the Budget Committee, budget chair Sally Bagshaw will unveil her “balancing package” of changes to the Mayor’s budget based on the “green sheet” proposals from the nine Council members that they discussed last week. Since there were far more green sheets proposing additional expenditures than they have money to spend, only a small fraction of the proposals will make it into the balancing package, with preference for those that had broad support. Next week, Council members will have the opportunity to propose additional changes, but in order to be considered a proposal will need to pay for itself, either through additional revenues or a cut to another item.