Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget team commenced its City Council protection of her tax-weighty 2021 spending strategy on Monday, telling skeptical aldermen a $94 million assets tax hike is an ideal way to assist stability the city’s publications.



a person wearing a suit and tie: Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivers her budget address Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Council Chambers at City Hall.


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Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivers her budget deal with Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

With tons of Chicagoans out-of-work and struggling during the pandemic, council associates kicked off the two weeks of hearings on Lightfoot’s $12.8 billion spending plan package deal by thinking why the mayor did not propose using extra of the city’s reserves or other sources of revenue somewhat than hitting up property owners to the tune of $56 in extra house taxes for a household valued at $250,000.

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Various council customers also pushed again against Lightfoot’s proposal to elevate property taxes each individual 12 months by an sum tied to the consumer price tag index.

While Chief Economical Officer Jennie Huang Bennett pitched the improves as affordable, North Aspect Ald. Harry Osterman, 48th, pointed out residents also get slammed consistently by county assets reassessments and tax improves from other general public organizations, it provides up, he claimed.

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“So we’re not divorced from other areas of governing administration,” Osterman stated. “And when homeowners get the assessments and their house tax payments, what all of us are battling with in this outstanding downturn economic system that we’re going through with COVID, is the ability for home owners to be ready to take in that, and their means to be ready to opt for to keep in Chicago and assist us grow put up-recovery.”

And South Side Ald. Sophia King, 4th, asked why the administration didn’t dip additional into its $900 million reserves, rather than taxing and relying on so-named “scoop and toss” refinancing that can conclusion up costing taxpayers much more to spend off in the very long operate.

Bennett countered that the metropolis could consider years to get well from the pandemic. Relying closely on reserves now could depart the coffers vacant or even more erode Chicago’s weak credit rating rating in yrs to appear, she reported.

The office-by-division price range hearings will continue on for the up coming two weeks.

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