Chicago City Council hearings on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2016 budget proposal begin Monday and will run daily for two weeks.
Officials expected to speak at the hearings include the city's budget director and chief financial officer, among others.
Monday's hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the Chicago City Council chambers at City Hall.
Emanuel's $7.8 billion budget plan calls for hiking property taxes by a record $543 million over four years to tackle the city's police and fire pension funds. The mayor's fiscal proposal also includes an additional $45 million property tax increase to be used for construction at Chicago public schools, a $9.50 monthly garbage collection fee for single family homes and smaller apartment buildings, higher fees on taxi cabs and ride-hailing services and a new tax on e-cigarettes. Click through for more on the mayor's proposed budget.
Meanwhile, the council's 11-member Progressive Reform Caucus is slated to hold two town hall meetings in the coming days to discuss the city budget proposal with Chicago residents.
The first meeting will take place on October 1 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., and the other is set for October 6 at Southside Occupational Academy High School, 7342 S. Hoyne Ave. Both meeting start at 6:30 p.m.