Truth Comes Out - Accidentally
- A post-election property tax increase is inevitable to solve Chicago’s $20 billion pension crisis, one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s most powerful City Council allies warned Monday, arguing that anybody who claims otherwise is living in a dream world.
Nine aldermen allied with Emanuel joined his campaign co-chair, City Clerk Susana Mendoza, at a City Hall news conference to put the heat on mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy Garcia” for making $1.9 billion in promises that, they claim, would force the owner of a $250,000 home to pay $1,900 more in annual property taxes.
But Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairman of the City Council’s Budget Committee, inadvertently put the spotlight on Emanuel when she acknowledged under questioning that Chicagoans need to brace for a property tax increase in any event — even if Emanuel wins the April 7 runoff.
You should have seen the faces of everyone behind Austin when she let the cat out of the bag. The "oh shit" looks were priceless, as if they couldn't believe she strayed so far off script. Rahm allies were left scrambling:
- But Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd), Austin’s Budget Committee co-chairman, tried to turn the tables back on Garcia.
“We’re four weeks away from electing a new mayor, yet we have received no information whatsoever from Mr. Garcia on how we’re gonna pay for these things,” Reilly said.
“We’re at a time now — the taxpayers certainly are — where they want to see the beef. And so far, all we’ve gotten from Mr. Garcia is a lot of baloney. . . . By my math, $1.9 billion in program spending. He needs to find a way to pay for that. What that means for local taxpayers is $1,900-per-year-per-person in the city of Chicago that local families can’t afford.”
Newsflash Brendan - families are going to have a hard time affording it regardless of who sits in the chair at City Hall. Rahm hasn't said shit either, so he's obviously sitting on the news until such time as he can pull the rug out from under everyone.