CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after a City Council committee backed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise the water and sewer tax to fund the city’s largest employee pension system, an alderman offered some possible alternatives he’d like to see considered instead.
Ald. Patrick Thompson (11th) said homeowners already are being hit hard by taxes, even without the city’s water and sewer fees going up nearly 30 percent over the next four years. The Finance Committee signed off on the mayor’s tax plan Thursday by a 26-6 margin, meaning the Emanuel administration has enough votes for full City Council approval next week.READ MORE: Woodstock Woman's Car Gets Damaged, Then Insurance Company Refuses To Pay Because She Called Police 2 Hours Too Late
The mayor’s call for a water and sewer tax hike comes a year after aldermen approved his plan for a record $588 million property tax hike, which will largely go to shoring up the police and fire pension funds. Thompson said he doesn’t want to keep going back to middle-income residents when the city needs revenue to shore up ailing employee pension systems.
“My homeowners had a large tax – almost $1,100 if you include this $250 water and sewer tax – almost $1,100 worth of taxes in the last year,” Thompson said.