Mayor: No Property, Sales, Or Gas Tax Hike Next Year
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CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city will not raise property, sales, or gasoline taxes to balance next year’s budget, but he was mum about which – if any – taxes might go up.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, at a roundtable discussion on the 2014 budget, Emanuel was asked if the budget he’ll outline on Oct. 23 would contain an increase in liquor, amusement or cigarette taxes – as some have speculated.
The mayor ignored that speculation entirely.
“In this upcoming budget, like the last two, we’re going to have three years in a row a budget that is both not only balanced, but does not raise taxes on property, does not raise taxes on sales, and does not raise gas tax,” he said. “Those three will not be raised.”
That left open questions about other city taxes.
The mayor did say he plans to increase the fee for applying for building or zoning permits in person at City Hall, rather than online.