Garbage Fee Arrives
- Several Chicago aldermen are proposing an alternate garbage fee for residents to help the city solve its budget problems.
As the mayor prepares to propose what reportedly will be the largest property tax increase in Chicago history, a sheepish city council will wear the jacket for new garbage pickup fee.
"What am I going to say? We have a financial crisis. We need to come up with some options," said Ald. Danny Solis, 25th Ward.
Well gee, Danny, maybe you could look into cutting costs instead of taxing everything under the sun? We still haven't seen a legitimate study to reduce the number of aldercreatures, trim aldermanic staff, reduce organizational redundancy (even in the police and fire departments), slash and burn administrative staff (especially at the always top-heavy CPS), stop building stadiums for private universities, mega-parks, TIFs....the list is near endless.
- Zoning committee chairman Ald. Solis was joined by other influential city council members, including the progressive caucus chairman as well as the mayor's floor leader. They have agreed - as a way to raise $80 million - on a maximum $11 monthly garbage pickup fee.
"This is about as high as it could possibly go and we're working on trying to reduce it," said Ald. Pat O'Connor, 40th Ward.
And the alderman said they'll support a reduced rate for the city's oldest homeowners.
"My seniors should not have to pay the full price," said Ald. Michelle Harris, 8th Ward.
Guess who else isn't going to have to pay for garbage pickup?
- The plan would exempt homeowners from the increase if their houses are worth less than a certain amount.
"The expanded exemption would cover properties with an assessed value of under $250,000, which will cover a great number of properties in my neighborhoods," said Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th Ward.
In Ald. Connor's 40th Ward, the vast majority of houses are appraised at more than $250,000. He said his residents would understand.
Yeah, understand they're taking it in the shorts again for a certain segment of society. There was actually a tiny bit of truth in the article, though it was tinged with the typical anti-police/fire slant we've come to expect from the media:
- City garbage pickup has always been paid for by the property tax, but the administration wants to increase that levy to raise half a billion dollars a year to pay Chicago's police and firefighter pension debt.
Hey, you know, if Daley had actually followed the actuarial suggests for decades, and raised the city contribution like he was supposed to, and didn't get "pension holidays" from Springfield, we wouldn't even be in this position today?
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