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Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history to raise enough money to make a major pension payment for police and firefighters next year, the mayor's City Council floor leader and a City Hall source told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday.

The mayor also plans to push a new garbage collection tax, a new per-ride fee on taxis and ride-hailing services such as Uber and a new tax on electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th, said the idea is to cut down on the annual budget hole that has plagued the city budget for years and further scale back some of the poor financial practices. That includes scoop-and-toss borrowing, in which the city takes debt that's coming due and kicks it out into the future at a higher cost. The administration also wants to put the police and fire pension systems on a road to solvency, he added.

The mayor is considering a property tax hike of between $450 million and $550 million for police and fire pensions, but he has yet to settle on a final number, a City Hall source said. O'Connor put the figure at $450 million for police and fire pensions, plus another $50 million for a Chicago Public Schools construction program. Aldermen would authorize the CPS property tax increase, and the Chicago Board of Education would approve it.

Chicagoans also would be set to join the residents of many suburbs in paying a garbage hauling fee. O'Connor put the garbage tax at $10 to $12 a month for single-family homes and two-flats. The veteran alderman said the tax would not cover the entire cost of garbage pickup, but would put a pretty good dent in it.

Fewer details were available on the e-cigarette tax and new taxi and ride-hailing fees. Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, previously had proposed a $1-per-ride fee on rides from taxis and companies such as Uber and Lyft. Emanuel alluded to that proposal this week when he was asked whether such a tax could be included in the budget he'll unveil Sept. 22.

"There's still a lot of pieces in motion here," O'Connor said.

During his first term, Emanuel avoided major tax hikes in favor of a series of smaller tax, fee and fine increases that together resulted in the equivalent of a 60 percent increase in city property taxes for the average homeowner. Still, come re-election time this year, Emanuel was able to tell voters he hadn't raised property, sales or gas taxes during his tenure.

Emanuel, however, did not set aside money for a major increase in police and fire pension payments that has been looming over City Hall since the General Assembly approved a state law when Mayor Richard M. Daley was in charge. Now the bill is due.

Pension payments this year total about $478 million. Next year, payments to police and fire pension funds will increase by $538 million under current state law, although Emanuel is hoping Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill that would allow the city to phase in the higher payments more gradually. Lawmakers approved that bill at the end of May, but have yet to send it to Rauner amid a broader stalemate at the Capitol.

The property tax increase Emanuel is mulling would far exceed what the mayor himself said during the campaign was the largest property tax increase in Chicago history. In 1987, under Mayor Harold Washington, property taxes rose by $79.9 million, which would be $167.8 million in today's dollars after adjusting for inflation. In 2008, under Daley, property taxes increased by $86.5 million, or $96 million in today's dollars.

During the campaign, Emanuel attacked his runoff challenger, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, for voting for the Washington-era property tax hike. Now Emanuel is weighing a property tax hike that could triple the one his opponent backed.

For weeks, Emanuel has held a series of closed-door meetings with top aides to determine how to come up with enough money to make good on the city's pension commitments while also working to scale back the city's most expensive borrowing practices. Many aldermen have long suspected a major property tax increase would be a big part of the answer.

"It's not as if we weren't warned," said Ald. Joe Moore, 49th. "We have known for several years that the pension shortfall was going to cause us to make some really painful decisions, particularly if we didn't receive any relief from Springfield, and we didn't receive any relief from Springfield."
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Emanuel gets earful about property tax hike at final budget hearing

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CHICAGO -- It didn't have to be stopped early like the last one, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's last public budget hearing had plenty of angry comments.

The hearing at Wright College was the first since Emanuel offered a plan to pass the highest property tax hike in the city's history.

A package of tax and fee hikes could raise $550 million for covering pensions and schools.

That includes a new monthly garbage hauling fee.

"If you look at and deal with our police and fire pensions, obviously, as i said in the campaign, property taxes is going to be a way, but it will be fair and progressive," said Emanuel before Thursday night's hearing.

Emanuel says he thinks enough aldermen will get behind it.

"I actually believe the alderman are up to the task of charting a new course for Chicago's future," said Emanuel.

But the crowd let him know how unfair they thought it was.

"It is clear you have not met a tax or fee increase you didn't like," said one woman.

"You're going to charge us for taking out our garbage? Give me a break," said one man. "You work for us. People voted you in."

The mayor mostly sat and listened during the hearing.

Police escorted him out early when the hearing on Wednesday night got out of hand due to protesters.
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Rahm Emanuel run off stage by angry protesters playing by Chicago rules

Chicago mayor and former presidential wingman, Rahm Emanuel was finally getting around to addressing the Windy City’s abysmal financial situation when a group of angry protesters showed up to run him off stage.

After four years, Emanuel decided this week was finally the week to address that pesky little thing called a budget — in a city ruined by decades of Democrat rule — and attempted to hold a hearing Wednesday night.

Only protesters were waiting for him and interrupted the forum by demanding answers about the closing of a neighborhood high school.

Dyett High School hasn’t reopened its doors since June after low test scores and enrollment rates put the school’s future at risk.

The Dyett protests have been part of an ongoing hunger strike aimed at city leadership to keep the school open. The strike has been gaining attention and was recently called a “deepening health emergency in our city,” by local medical professionals, the Huffington Post reported.

And “conferring” must be code for, “how am I gonna weasel out of this one.”

Oh, here’s how! It seems Rahm didn’t really need the meeting after all.

This morning it was announced that the Chicago mayor came up with a not so innovative idea that will ultimately drive out the last taxpaying citizens still residing within city.

In order to help tackle budget woes, Emanuel announced the largest property tax hike in Chicago modern history.



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People are taxed to death. There's got to be a better way.
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Chicago isn't getting any of my money until "Rahmbo" is out of office.

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If services and benefits are provided after the tax increase, that is merely the system at work.
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I wonder if Illinois is going through the same right wing scam other Midwest states have faced. The state will cut taxes, leaving the poor and big cities to need to increase their local property taxes to make up for the differences. But, it gives their rural voters and people who moved to the suburbs to avoid the city taxes a benefit for cheating the system.
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Chicago sued over 'amusement tax' on streaming services Netflix, Spotify

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WASHINGTON – A group of Chicago residents is suing the city for allegedly trying to sneak in a 9 percent tax on streaming services like Netflix, Spotify and Amazon Prime.

The non-profit Liberty Justice Center filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on Wednesday claiming the city had no authority to impose the tax, approved in June, which is expected to result in bill hikes for thousands of Chicagoans.

The suit argues the city Finance Department’s decision is illegal, and the comptroller "exceeded his authority." Specifically, the suit claims the tax was slipped in using a creative interpretation of an old municipal code. Instead of passing a new tax, the city extended Chicago's existing "amusement tax" to include paid subscriptions for streamed digital music, TV shows and games.

Chicago city officials estimate the 9 percent amusement tax will raise $12 million annually to help close a budget gap.

But the lawsuit argues that Chicago aldermen should have had a vote in the decision to tax.

Each district in Chicago is represented by an alderman elected to serve a four-year term. There are 50 aldermen on the Chicago City Council.

"No aldermen voted on this tax,” Jeffrey Schwab, an attorney with the Liberty Justice Center, told The Chicago Tribune. “It never went before the Chicago City Council, which makes the so-called 'Netflix tax' an illegal tax. If the city wants to tax Internet-based streaming media services, then it should put the measure through the political process, and let Chicagoans have their voices heard through the democratic process."

More than two dozen other states charge for certain digital services. Washington has a 52-cent sales tax on a monthly Netflix subscription. In Wyoming, Mississippi and Vermont, residents pay an additional tax on music downloaded from iTunes. New Yorkers are charged an extra 12 cents to download the game Angry Birds.

At issue in Chicago is the way the tax was imposed.

Even if Chicago’s aldermen had voted in favor of the tax, the conservative-leaning Liberty Justice Center says it would still be illegal because the definition of “amusement” under the law doesn’t include gaming or audio services.

“I didn't think it was fair that just because I live in Chicago I should be taxed additionally on it,” one plaintiff, Natalie Bezek of the Illinois Policy Institute, told Fox 32 of her Spotify account.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration says "fairness" is one reason the tax is now being applied to Internet streaming of songs, movies and other programming. That content has long been taxed when delivered via big screens, cable TV, videotape or DVDs.

“Streaming services already have their own problems. Then you want to add more money to it. So, I just feel like, No! Taxing, stop!” Columbia College student Fred Jones told Fox 32.
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Don't care as long as only Chicago has to pay since I want nothing to do with that city. I enter it twice a year for a few hours and avoid it the rest. Seriously worst ****ing city/town/place I've ever been is Chicago.

I do wonder how long before people there get pissed off enough though.

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This might be the only thing I've ever heard about Good old Rahm that I actually kind of agree with. Now I still don't like taxes but the way I see it, if people want extravagant public services, they should be willing to pay for them. That might be the only way to cut the fat out of government. It's easy to volunteer someone else's money but when the taxes keep going up and up and up, sooner or later, people are going to start looking at things that are unnecessarily expensive.

Fire engines, for example. Oh sure. The fire dept needs fire engines. But do they really need to be so flashy? Can't they be a little more utilitarian? Isn't the money better spent on just making sure they do the job they're meant for? I mean, really. How much is spent on just the paint jobs and keeping them nice and shiny? Sure, it looks good but does it make them work better?

Stuff like that. I got no real problems with public services like police and fire. It's only when they start to get unnecessarily bloated that it gets silly. That's why government spending always goes up. Once something is put into place, it becomes standard procedure and pretty soon you've got paint jobs and superfluous landscaping that cost as much as anything that actually matters.
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