CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal for the City’s largest ever Property Tax increase won key committee approval Tuesday afternoon, but the vote was far from unanimous.
There were 17 votes for the mayor’s plan to increase property taxes by $543 million over the next four years to shore up police and firefighter pension funds when the measure came before the Finance Committee, but there were also 10 votes against it.READ MORE: ISP License Plate Readers Already Proven Effective In Catching Suspects In Carjackings, Expressway Shootings
That’s unusually high as mayoral budget proposals go, but committee chairman Ald. Edward Burke (14th) said he’s not surprised.
“What you’ve seen is a expression of reluctance on the part of the aldermen that represent the Gold Coast, the lakefront areas where this is going to have the biggest impact, and it’s understandable,” he said.READ MORE: State Giving Free At Home COVID Test To People In 14 Counties; Where To Sign Up