City Council votes' no' on budget for yet another week - – Rockford’s News Leader

City Council votes' no' on budget for yet another week


For yet another week, City Council members have failed to pass the city's budget.  Mayor Larry Morrissey wants to see the spending plan passed, but he says there's resistance from a majority of Aldermen.

"It was extremely disappointing to me that in a public body, with publicly elected officials, we had as I said, deja vu. How can you have a no vote on a budget without a single amendment, without a single word of debate? To me it's unconscionable an elected official," says Morrissey.  

Alderman Carl Wasco voted down the budget again this week. He says he is more than willing to discuss the issue, if the Mayor would listen.

"What the Mayor is not hearing is his corporate council is saying 'no' to him until they get more explanation. I don't know how to put it any clearer to him. I'm not going to call him, he needs to call a meeting and air this out."

First ward Alderman Tim Durkee voted to pass the budget. He says he understands, one of the biggest hang ups is the possibility of geo-policing in Rockford, and the future of the Public Safety Building.

"There are alderman and rightly so who want to see 'are we in three buildings, are we in one? And what does that look like?" says Durkee.

While they voted differently, both Wasco and Durkee agree, the budget is creating more questions than answers.

"I haven't heard one alderman say they're against geo-policing, it's do we have enough money to do it in the style he is trying to do or not," says Wasco.

City Council has until March 31st to pass a budget, or Rockford will have to re-use last years format.

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