Emanuel Reaffirms Opposition To Raising Taxes For City Budget

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reaffirming his opposition to raising taxes to close the City of Chicago’s $635.7 million budget shortfall.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, while Emanuel endorses the property tax increase the Chicago Public Schools will use to help close their $700 million budget gap, he is reassuring the public he will not tap the taxpayers to balance the city budget.

He says that budget needs structural changes.

“I’ve taken one-time fixes off the table. I’ve made clear that I’m not going to raise taxes on taxpayers. They do feel nickel-and-dimed,” he said. “But we’re going to make the fundamental changes that are necessary to this budget so it’s on a more stable path.”

Retired Mayor Richard M. Daley was criticized for “one-time fixes” for the budget, such as instituting furlough days for city employees. But most notorious was the $1.16 billion parking meter lease in 2008, which is in effect for 75 years, but which was used in large part to plug the budget gap in 2010.

Emanuel said previously that this would not be acceptable in his administration.

But the mayor says we need to face hard truths.

Emanuel has asked Chicago residents to submit suggestions for the budget, which are being solicited at ChicagoBudget.org. Suggestions include cutting the number of aldermen and their paychecks, eliminating the security details and city vehicles for elected officials and going truly paperless.

  • Wolf

    What a scam by the illegitimate Mayor of Chicago..he just supported his union buddies and massively bloated CPS operation in a massive property tax hike…it is clear that this is the same taxing and corrupt Illinois politics as usual…start by doing the long overdue restructuring in all operations and eliminate the debts without any tax increases…these people are nothing but pure Lenin Communists destroying society and the nation from the inside…look at the other Welfare states like Britain and see the destruction welfare and dependency and non-accountability has brought …

  • Just Axin

    Rahm’s so full of sh**. Increasing property taxes to pay for our bloated school system IS a tax increase. Though the board has the power to approve of the increase, still call your alderman to voice your opposition and also call your state legislators as the board should not have the power to do this. Raising taxes should fall on the aldermen directly or a referendum.

  • Jim

    That sounds just as logical as stating that ILLEGAL immigrants need rights. Property taxes are taxes!

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