CHICAGO (WBBM) — The day after he suggested he was looking at the matter, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is reassuring non-for-profit groups that he does not intend to end their property tax exemptions.
As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, on Wednesday, Emanuel told members of Chicago’s arts community he would look at whether non-profits should pay property taxes.
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But now, he says that idea is not on the table.
“As you know, I said in the campaign, I’m not raising taxes,” Emanuel said. “I thought I was being clear, so I’ll take responsibility for that.”
Emanuel said he was trying to make a philosophical point with the remark about taxing non-profits.
“The philosophical point is reform and change comes to everybody,” Emanuel said.
Emanuel does believe non-profits should pay for their city water service, which most now get for free.
He spoke with reporters while announcing his Human Services team.