Rockford city leaders need more time before passing 2013 - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford city leaders need more time before passing 2013 budget

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Mayor Larry Morrissey Mayor Larry Morrissey
10th Ward Ald. Frank Beach 10th Ward Ald. Frank Beach

Rockford aldermen need at least another week to pass the 2013 budget. They don't even want to discuss it in full council.

It's the same story as last week. Council members are still concerned about geographic policing. That initiative splits the Rockford Police Department into three districts, each with its own headquarters. The hang up isn't so much the idea, just the logistics.

"The funding, how much it's going to cost, where are the buildings. Many of us say we need to know that if we're going to allocate funds for it." -says 10th Ward Alderman Frank Beach.

With a majority vote, the budget heads back to the Finance and Personnel Committee. One member says, aldermen should discuss their concerns with the committee's chairman between now and that meeting next week.

"Don't send it back to committee just to send it back to committee, let's have some dialogue on how we can solve the issues that we have." -says 7th Ward Alderman Ann Thompson-Kelly.

Mayor Larry Morrissey thinks any budget problems should be brought out in front of full council. Some aldermen want the week to re-group.

"Give everyone a chance to bring any adjustments they feel should have been made and were not, and bring it back out for a vote and move on with it." -says Beach.

Council members have been asking the same questions about geo-policing for weeks, but Alderman Beach knows he can get answers.

"Whether I like the answer, whether the council likes the answer is quite another story, but I'm confident that we will do that because it's a very serious issue."

One item that's not having as much difficulty getting through full council is a future Chick-fil-A on Rockford's east side. Aldermen approved zoning for the drive-thru restaurant Monday night. It's set to be near East State Street and Perryville Road.

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