This has got to be one of the dumber ideas coming out of Chicago government. It's from an aldercreature, so it's really not surprising:
- Chicago flourishes upon an invisible bridge that connects the city with all who enter.
The bridge is a “right of way” that requires, among other expenses, the maintenance of Chicago’s streets, emergency services, traffic controls and sanitation. But the bridge is breaking under the weight of more than 600,000 employees who enter the city daily from the suburbs. Non-residents do not invest in the city’s services.
The citizens of Chicago cannot and should not continue to subsidize non-resident workers through tax increases, resident fee increases and higher utilization fees.
A better way would be a Non-Resident Employee Fee, which could generate up to $200 million a year, finally asking those that use this city to help support its maintenance. Non-resident employees would be charged a $200 annual fee. This is a nominal sum compared to what residents must pay in fees and taxes.
Um...isn't this what the Shortshank's old "head tax" used to cover? And wasn't that rescinded a few years back as more and more employers resented the overreach and relocated numerous retail establishments out of the city limits? We'd bet if you looked at a map of "big box" stores, most are located just outside of the city in suburban malls where many city residents do their shopping. This is a dumb idea and will only further drive small businesses and factories out of the city.
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