When will demorats learn that elections have consequences?
They’re about to find out as Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced her $12.8 billion 2021 budget which includes higher taxes. According to MyFoxChicago, the tax hikes include a three-cent gas tax increase. The council also passed a $94 million property tax hike. That property tax hike amounts to a $56 increase in the annual property tax bill for the owner of a home valued at $250,000. Sounds small yet we all know that taxes take a big chunk of your check and they never go down.
According to CBS Chicago, “Lightfoot repeatedly has said she was left with no easy choices to balance the budget after the pandemic blew a massive hole in tax revenues, causing a $1.2 billion shortfall for 2021.”
Third Ward Alderman Pat Dowell stated the following: “Together we have to sacrifice to protect those most in need. That is what this budget does. Despite the pandemic’s devastating effect on city revenue collection, this budget not only protects but also allocates additional funding to such critical services such as homelessness prevention and outreach, mental health services, violence prevention, a public safety co-responder model, workforce training, economic development, affordable housing, and so much more.”
How much of a sacrifice are tax-payer funded employees making?
More from CBS Chicago: “Lightfoot made a number of concessions to get her budget plan through City Council, including cancelling plans for 350 layoffs by borrowing against future marijuana tax revenue.”
Also: “…as well as scale back plans for furlough days for non-union city employees. The mayor originally proposed five mandatory furlough days for all non-union employees making at least $50,000 a year, but the budget now will require the furlough days only for non-union city workers earning $100,000 or more a year.”
Good to know that public employees are #allinthistogether by sacrificing nothing. I’m sure all the Chicago restaurant owners who are closing their businessees (as well as their employees) appreciate the effort.
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