- Last fall, Chicago aldermen held their noses and expanded a residential permit parking program gone wild -- by creating a $300-a-year parking permit for real estate agents, social workers and home health care providers.
It was either that or blow a $2.4 million hole in Mayor Daley's 2007 budget.
Nearly a year later, all but $15,900 of that $2.4 million hole remains.
Chicago should cash in on the bonanza of bottled water sales -- and help clean up the environment -- by slapping a tax of 10 to 25 cents on the cost of every bottle, a Southwest Side alderman said Monday.
At a time when Chicagoans are bracing for post-election tax increases to close a $217 million budget gap, Ald. George Cardenas (12th) said he can think of no better or more lucrative idea to add to the menu than a bottled water tax.
"People enjoy jogging or driving with a bottle of water. There's a cost associated with this behavior. You have to pay for it," said Cardenas, one of Mayor Daley's staunchest City Council supporters.
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