Hold on for Those Reinforcements
The city needs to hire 100 more police officers, Mayor Richard Daley said today, but should not fund their salaries from a tax program reserved for promoting economic development."You have to hire a hundred new police officers," Daley said at a news conference to open a new Target store in the Uptown neighborhood.
But hiring more officers will only partially address the problem of crime in Chicago, Daley said.
And this quote is just freaking priceless:
- If the officers were hired as some aldermen have suggested by tapping money from the city's tax increment financing program, it would throw the budget out of whack because those funds run out after a fixed number of years, the mayor said.
"To balance your budget, if you start taking TIF money only once, then what do you do?" Daley said.
Oh wait. That did happen. And we're seeing the results each and every day here in Chi-troit II.
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