And Another Amnesty
If you have numerous tickets and hold out paying indefinitely, you might just score a bargain:
- Faced with pushing through City Council a massive property tax increase and other fees as part of a 2016 budget, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to slightly soften that politically difficult package by offering an amnesty program for people who have unpaid tickets and back taxes they owe the city.
Under the program announced Friday, people or businesses with parking tickets and other vehicle violations and back taxes issued before 2012 would be eligible for amnesty. Emanuel's office said applicants will not have to pay any late fees or fines added on qualifying unpaid debts between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15.
The city offered similar amnesty programs in 2002, 2005 and 2008, which city spokeswoman Molly Poppe said each brought in $7 million to $9 million. So it isn't likely such a program will now raise enough to significantly reduce a property tax increase of between $450 million and $550 million that Emanuel is expected to call for under the budget.
But it makes Rahm look like a benevolent dictator instead of a raging asshole, so there's the payoff.
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