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Record #: O2022-949   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 4/20/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Budget and Government Operations
Final action: 4/27/2022
Title: Amendment of Year 2022 Annual Appropriation Ordinance for transportation assistance program to allow distribution of prepaid transit cards and prepaid gas cards to high mobility hardship community areas
Sponsors: Dept./Agency
Topic: BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS - Annual Appropriation Ordinance - Year 2022
Attachments: 1. O2022-949.pdf

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule unit of government as defined in Article Vll, Section 6(a) ofthe Illinois Constitution; and

WHEREAS, as a home rule unit of government, the City may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs including, but not limited to, the power to regulate for the protection ofthe public health, safety, and welfare; and

WHEREAS, the City proposes to initiate a transportation assistance program to distribute up to 100,000 Prepaid Transit Cards and up to 50,000 Prepaid Gas Cards (each as hereafter defined) to be used, respectively, for using public transit within the City and for purchasing gas within the City ("Program"); and
WHEREAS, the purpose ofthe Program is to alleviate, in an equitable manner, the burden on City residents of recent increases in costs of goods and services, including without limitation recent steep increases in gas prices; and
WHEREAS, the City intends to allocate $12,500,000 for the Program to purchase Prepaid Cards (as hereafter defined); and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to amend the 2022 Annual Appropriation Ordinance to effectuate the Program; now, therefore,

SECTION 1. The foregoing recitals are adopted and incorporated into and made a part of this ordinance.

SECTION 2. For purposes of this ordinance, the following definitions shall apply:

"Applicant" means an individual who has applied for the benefits created under SUBSECTION (5)(a)(1), SUBSECTION (5)(a)(2) or SECTION 6 of this ordinance.

"Area Median Income" means the median household income forthe Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area as calculated and adjusted for household size on an annual basis by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"CTA" means the Chicago Transit Authority.

"Director" means the City's Budget Director.

"High Mobility Hardship Community Area" means a geographic area within the...

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