Friday, June 20, 2008

We Told You So

And so did every responsible economist. If you tax it, people are bound to shop around for the better bargain:
  • Revenues from Chicago's new bottled water tax are continuing to trickle in -- at less than half of city projections -- despite claims that consumption would rise during warm-weather months.

    City Hall predicted a summer surge after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the first month of collections from the nickel-a-container tax had fallen far short of the city's projections.

    Instead, the problem has gotten worse, exacerbating a budget crunch that has already prompted Mayor Daley to order $20 million in mid-year spending cuts and warn of a second round of cuts.

At the current rate of collection, the bottled water tax will garner less than 46% of the projected total in Daley's fantasy budget numbers. That means more service cuts and more raised taxes. And not only does the City lose out on the bottled water tax, they lose out on any other revenue that might have been generated on that shopping trip. We're thinking that the revenue shortfall is going to be quite a bit broader than just the bottled water portion.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must make up for the deficit!

Add an additional 100% tax increase to:

-Flamin' Hot Cheetos
-Grape (purple) soda pop
-Newport and Kool mentholated cigarettes
-all 40 oz. bottles of malt liquor
-all daily tabloid newspapers
-all FUBU attire
-all gangsta rap & hip hop CD sales

6/20/2008 01:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way things are going in Chicago,Cook County and Illinois we may all have to make monthly croos border excursion to do our shopping.

6/20/2008 01:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the nickle and dime tax per gallon of gas in the city that sent every bordering gas station out of business in the 80's. Instead of getting some tax revenue from all of the vendors, you wont be getting any revenue from all of the vendors you stupid fucks...

6/20/2008 05:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Piss off the people with bullshit taxes and they won't give you their business. Piss of the cops with the contract and they won't give you ticket revenue. Hmm.

6/20/2008 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE SHOPPING OUTSIDE COOK COUNTY. IT FEELS SOOOO GOOD!

6/20/2008 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And so did every responsible economist. If you tax it, people are bound to shop around for the better bargain:



When can I shop around for different Real Estate to consume??

6/20/2008 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
We must make up for the deficit!

Add an additional 100% tax increase to:

-Flamin' Hot Cheetos
-Grape (purple) soda pop
-Newport and Kool mentholated cigarettes
-all 40 oz. bottles of malt liquor



All of the above are purchased with LINK cards which is your tax money anyway...

6/20/2008 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Reminds me of the nickle and dime tax per gallon of gas in the city that sent every bordering gas station out of business in the 80's.



If Chicago was only smart enogh to LOWER taxes maybe people would come HERE to buy shit......hmmmm

6/20/2008 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VOTE OBAMA!!

6/20/2008 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do what I do. Buy as much as you possibly can outside the City of Shitcago. Better yet, buy as much as you can outside Crook County. DuPage and Lake counties really aren't that far away to make the trip worth the effort. Believe me, you will get a warm fuzzy feeling all over when you spend your money outside Shitcago and Crook Conties thereby denieing the corrupt politicians here your tax dollars.

6/20/2008 07:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once a week do all the family shopping in Indiana....no tax on food.......

6/20/2008 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This tax is so unfair....5 cents a bottle? They should have just added a 1-3% sales tax and I think people would have ignored it. Some retailers show you the extra tax on the receipt (costco) so you look at a the extra 1.75 per case and just get angry. Most people are not aware that you pay an extra 3% for: "soda water, carbonated water, colas, drinks containing less than 50 percent natural fruit or vegetable juice, and nonalcoholic beer" So that is 12.25% sales tax to buy a coke or gatorade. After July 1st its going to be 13.25%. Some retailers don't show that extra 3%, walgreens does.
BE GREEN AND VOTE FOR THE MACHINE.....you will have less money which is good for the environment.

6/20/2008 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear SCC, you know most of us live as close to the border of the city as possible. It's easy enough to stop at your suburban grocery store to get your bottled water stockpile. Then you just happen to do the rest of your shopping there as well, cutting down on the Mayor's take of sales tax revenue.

What I need to know (and soon) is what decent grocery stores are there just over the county line, so I can start shopping there before Toddler's sales tax goes up?

Does anyone here know any decent grocery stores on the other side of the Tristate Tollway off the Stevenson? I'm a southwestsider and don't want to have to go to Indiana or the northside.

Maybe you could start a new post where people could post the best suburban supermarkets not too far from the county line?

Thanks

6/20/2008 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always shop in the suburbs and I'm a city employee!

Everything is so dam expensive in Chicago, I have to do what is best for me and my family and not the City or Crook county!

Luckily, I live close to an expressway for a quick getaway!

Hell, I don't even go downtown to do anything anymore! You get charged for everything now! I remember back in the day when parking at the boat harbors and parks were free, Museums were free now you get dinged for anything!

Why bother going downtown!

6/20/2008 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha Ha, I live by Elmwood Park, so I buy my water there. F*ck you Daley.

6/20/2008 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahahahhahahah no parkers,movers,arrest down,bottle water,cigs,city stickers,going for gas and food in hammon ind,looks like the dems are doing a great job.King Daley u win.8200 police officers on the job,12 percent of them on the medical,16percent on iOD,and 17percent not in patrol.SO 5600 officers on the street.Murder up.robbery up,thefts up,CRs down.and commanders ready to drink more kool-aid.FOP still doing nothing about theofficers who was on the BIS program.Things are looking up

6/20/2008 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The end result of Daley having the urgent need to rape the taxpayers for pork contracts with his buddies while using the excuse "it's all for the good of the city" and it's Olympic bid, of which no one except hotel owners, resaurant owners and other downtown store owners even give a shit about since a vast MINORITY of the city's population will not benefit one iota from the presence of more walking RD numbers for a few weeks

6/20/2008 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ot: i saw 016 tac on addison & olcott with shithead on the hood while on my way home from work. Good job boys

6/20/2008 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only time I spend money in this city is if I have to buy lunch while at work, rarely, every other dime is spent in the north suburbs, of course with the exception of the fat cat taxes I have to pay, and city utilities.

6/20/2008 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boycott!!!Buy your bottled water oustside the shitty.

6/20/2008 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI for all who live in the west end of 008, Dupage county is only 10 minutes west of Archer/Harlem

6/20/2008 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must make up for the deficit!

Add an additional 100% tax increase to:

-Flamin' Hot Cheetos
-Grape (purple) soda pop
-Newport and Kool mentholated cigarettes
-all 40 oz. bottles of malt liquor
-all daily tabloid newspapers
-all FUBU attire
-all gangsta rap & hip hop CD sales

6/20/2008 01:27:00 AM

How about increasing revenue by writing the idiots with shaking, rattling, booming, hood' cars that can be heard a mile away?

These assholes should be ticketed repeatedly and have their cars impounded, especially at night.

By the way, I think that the CPD is getting a bad rap because of a small minority of rogue officers.

6/20/2008 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I PURCHASED ONE OF THOSE SCREW ON FILTERS AT TARGET FOR TWENTY BUCKS AND A WATER BOTTLE ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS REPLACE THE FILTER EVERY SO OFTEN, AND BY THE WAY MAKE SURE YOU GO TO A SUBURBAN TARGET SCREW THE CITY

6/20/2008 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you get your new crook county exemption notice? If you and your entire household make over 100K total you lose the exemption anoter 1-2K in increase thanks toddler and dumbass houlihan you puppet!

6/20/2008 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the city is looking for revenue from vendors, how about the unlicensed push-cart honking food vendors??

License fee

Sanitation inspection fee

Merchant license

Business license

Sales tax

Must be 10,000 of those things out there and the city just looks the other way. And then they are taxing the legit people.

6/20/2008 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous HATER said...

I HAVE A WONDERFUL SINK IN MY HOUSE AND THE WATER IS OUTSTANDING.

I CAN EVEN FLAVOR IT WITH KOOL AIDE
,COUNTRY TIME LEMONADE, LIPTON ICE, COFFEE, AND ORCAHTA (MEXICAN RICE WATER 4 U NON GHETTO WORKIN POPO.)

BUYING WATER FOR YOUR HOUSE IS EQUIVALENT TO U CHARGING UR SELF A QUARTER TO USE THE SHITTER IN UR HOUSE.

MMMMMMM IT TASTE SOOOO GOOD?

6/20/2008 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approx 20 percent of the price of gas is taxes. Since gas prices are up the gas revenue is up. What is the State, County and City doing with these "Windfall" profits. When the gas companies make more money the DemoRATS are all over them. When the government makes more money for the same reason the DemoRATS have nothing to say.

6/20/2008 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I bought gas, cigarettes or groceries in Cook county was 2005

6/20/2008 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read that another state is adding a surcharge to all speeding convictions. This surcharge(15.00) will be added to the fine which the convicted motorist pays. The surcharge will be used to purchase gasoline for police vehicles.

6/20/2008 04:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the daily exodus to Burbank,Bedford Park,Alsip , Evergreen Park to avoid daley's tea tax ..hey Ritchie there goes them sales tax dollars and water tax bucks to surb. governments

Also toddler the Stog.. will taste the same thing as his 1 %%%%% sales tax increase goes into effect in 2 weeks. I am planning my shopping in Wisconsin and Dupage and Will Counties..no more tax money waste to these Democratic hacks and assholes

6/20/2008 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well dahhhhh.

Talk about voodoo economics...

I cross the border for almost everything I buy. I, at most, spend less then 1% of my income in stores in Chicago. From the N.W. side it takes me 20mins. to get to DuPage county. I also internet shop, which is 0% tax.

It's the principal of the thing.

6/20/2008 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just the beginning...the real estate boom that poured unprecedented amounts of cash into the city coffers is dead and shows no sign of resuscitating any time soon! The stock and bond markets are tanking, and the recession is just kicking off. The city will be taking in a lot less revenue in the near and into the unforeseeable future.

6/20/2008 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said...
"Does anyone here know any decent grocery stores on the other side of the Tristate Tollway off the Stevenson? I'm a southwestsider and don't want to have to go to Indiana or the northside.

There is a Dominick's at IL 83 and 63rd st in Willowbrook. A Jewel at 75th & Cass in Darien. A Sam's Club at 75th just East I-355

6/20/2008 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI for all who live in the west end of 008, Dupage county is only 10 minutes west of Archer/Harlem

**I go to Ogden & York Road for gas and smokes. The two Jewel Stores in Clarendon Hills are nice in DuPage County. I'll travel the 10 miles to get my food.

6/20/2008 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ECON 101

6/20/2008 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone here know any decent grocery stores on the other side of the Tristate Tollway off the Stevenson? I'm a southwestsider and don't want to have to go to Indiana or the northside.

**I have done my DuPage County homework for grocery stores. 303 Holmes, Clarendon Hills; 34 S. Prospect Ave, Clarendon Hills approximately 10 miles from Archer & Harlem. Mapquest the addresses. See you there :)

Also Burr Ridge & Hinsdale 10 miles, Willowbrook 11 miles, Darien 13 miles

6/20/2008 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shopping in the city is the same as doing any aggresive patrol just stupid. I dont shop in the city and I dont stop people. Buy everything in the burbs its cheaper and let the beast kill the beast its easier and no CR's or lawsuits. wroting a report is easy and kills time.

6/20/2008 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I highly recommend Philly's pizza just west of 83 on 63rd st. in Willowbrook

6/20/2008 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottled water is a total waste of money,most is tap water anyhow. Buy yourself a Brita and a reuseable sports jug and bring your own water with you. Why pay $1.00+11%+the additional .10 cent bottle tax for something you can provide for almost free?

6/20/2008 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on the southwest side and the other day I bought gas for my car in the city for the first time in about 20 years.

I bought just enough gas to get me outside of the city so I could then fill the tank AND the plastic container for the lawn mower.

6/21/2008 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone want to open a driveup water,cigarette business outside of Crook County's border???

6/21/2008 04:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This a chance to stand up to daley and stroger. Might be a small gesture but it really bothers him. When we purchase water outside of cook county, we are also buying groceries and gas. make the trip worthwhile. I dream of living outside the city one day.

6/21/2008 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buy a Brita and a nalgene bottle.

6/21/2008 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hate this city, they screw the working class everyday, just to support all the crap programs to the "underprivileged".

Cigarettes in Chicago $75.00 a carton Lake County $32.50

Gas is 30 cents a gallon cheaper. Sales tax is 6.5 on everything, even on a car. Imagine the savings if you could find a relative that lives outside the county that will let you register the car at their house.

City stickers in chicago only an extra 72.50 each....


what a f***ing joke.

6/21/2008 12:32:00 PM  

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