Chicago mayoral candidate Bill Daley unveils a proposal to freeze homeowners’ property taxes in a television ad his campaign is set to start airing Thursday. […]
After the spot shows Daley talking to various people of different ages and ethnicities, the narrator gets to the big promise: “Bill will put a moratorium on tax hikes to keep families in their homes.” The words “PROPERTY TAX FREEZE” appear on the screen in large letters next to images of Daley speaking to a Hispanic woman in a store and a white man with a young child. […]
He previously had stressed the need to get away from raising the taxes on homeowners, but had not proposed an outright freeze. In a speech to the City Club of Chicago last week, he vowed that any property tax increases would be met with “dollar-for-dollar” cuts to city government. […]
While Daley is calling for a moratorium on property tax hikes, he previously has advocated for City Hall to consider a wide range of new taxes and fees to deal with the city’s ongoing pension crisis, which will require the next mayor to come up with nearly $1 billion in new annual retirement fund payments by 2023. In his City Club speech, Daley opened the door to a commuter tax on suburbanites who work in the city to help fill the pension gap while also saying an increase in real estate transfer fees and taxes on legalized marijuana and a long-sought Chicago casino “must be on the table.”
Refusing to raise property taxes while waiting on Springfield to give the city a casino or whatever pie in the sky idea Richard M. Daley had at the moment is what got the city in trouble in the first place because it didn’t adequately fund its pension systems (or even pay a dime into some of them).
And now Bill Daley thinks that the General Assembly is gonna pass a commuter tax? Does he not know that a record number of suburban Democrats were elected to the legislature last month and that they will be highly resistant to a possibly unconstitutional tax on their own constituents to benefit Chicago, on top of any graduated income tax plan? Or is he just being a Daley?
Daley said that should include considering an amendment to the state’s constitution, deleting a provision that says current public employees cannot have their pension benefits “diminished or impaired.” […]
Many legal scholars question whether changing the constitution would allow the city to reduce the retirement benefits of current city employees, and changes already have been made to lower benefits for new city employees. As a result, it’s unclear what changes a future mayor could make with state lawmakers to save additional money, and Daley did not outline any specifics.
I predict suburban Democratic representatives will lead the fight against any City commuter tax, just the way they once did against Todd Stroger’s unpopular sales tax hike (though there weren’t nearly as many suburban Dem reps back then).
I like him so much and I like this ad. I even like the topics, because unlike most folks, the crime stats actually point to a need to work differently than the social worker approach. but, Bill, just, no. it’s not gonna happen. your name is Daley.
–And now Bill Daley thinks that the General Assembly is gonna pass a commuter tax?–
Such a bad idea. Would open the burbs with big employers to retaliate against reverse commuters. Also commuters already spend money and pay taxes downtown on things like breakfast/coffee, lunch, dinner, after work drinks, transportation, running errands and making purchases over lunch, etc. Take this idea too far and it will spur more telecommuting, where people spend money on none of those things.
=Such a bad idea. Would open the burbs with big employers to retaliate against reverse commuters. Also commuters already spend money and pay taxes downtown on things like breakfast/coffee, lunch, dinner, after work drinks, transportation, running errands and making purchases over lunch, etc. Take this idea too far and it will spur more telecommuting, where people spend money on none of those things.=
Agreed. In addition,I know of enough suburban commuters who HATE Metra and their current level of service. Tax enough of those commuters to their cars, and the gridlock in the city will make everyone angry.
Speaking of Da Mare’s race, did anyone else get an unsolicited text message from Paul Vallas’ campaign last night? Hint to candidates and their campaigns: Getting unsolicited texts = I’m less inclined to support you.
- Joe Bidenopolous - Thursday, Dec 6, 18 @ 1:39 pm:
===He can always sell O’Hare===
And probably would.
Daley would be the worst thing to happen to the city.
“And now Bill Daley thinks that the General Assembly is gonna pass a commuter tax?”
Who says he has to go to Springfield for this? There are many ways to enact a “commuter tax” (e.g. some monetary levy on people coming into this city to work). Many of them could be done through home rule, not clear why he would need the GA.
Another problem with the commuter tax: how can you prove how often a lawyer comes into the office in downtown Chicago ? What if billings are shifted out of the city even though work is being done in the city?
Daley and many other mayoral candidates are offering revenue ideas that they know (or should know) are not likely to happen because they require state approval. It’s an easy sound bite and they can blame someone else when it doesn’t happen.
Setting mayoral politics aside, a moral realistic route for Chicago and other home rule municipalities would be to convince the legislature to expand the number of services that are taxed, which would bring more money to both the state and locals. Politically, that’s a pretty heavy lift, too…but it’s more realistic than getting suburban GA members to approve a tax on their constituents, particularly when the GA members can’t spend the resulting revenue.
I think when folks say “commuter tax” they are thinking more in lines of this sort of fee or toll not really a tax like an income tax, property tax, etc., so I actually think they could do it without Springfield.
Whether it makes sense or not is another question. Also, I’d rather have Rich as my non-lawyer lawyer than about 85% of the lawyers in Springfield.
Daley’s government reform plan is very good … term limits on both mayors and members of the city council, independent ward maps … the site of 1,000 people kissing Ed Burke’s ring is evidence enough that Chicago needs to change.
The only way a commuter tax makes sense is politically, kind of. Joe average Chicago voter knows the city needs more money, and if someone running for Mayor wants to get that money from “the other,” meaning not them, that sounds good in the abstract. Witness why hotel, entertainment, and convention taxes are often so high — politically easy to soak the tourists. Might hurt Daley in courting the business community though, as they would seem to be his natural base.
- Homer Simpson's Brain - Thursday, Dec 6, 18 @ 2:55 pm:
Roman, your approach is the one I agree with the most, although I do hate regressive taxes so. The sales tax is stuck in the past by only taxing physical goods, but nowadays, everything is shifting over to services. If we broaden the tax base for the sales tax, the overall sales tax rate could possibly be lowered.
The truth and honesty to things aside, Bill Daley is banking (aw, see what I did there) on this premise that the Daley name is worth 19-23% to get to the runoff. Daley is banking on coming out early with a Daley like policy stance, it is s good foundation.
He may be right, but “standard B” for a Daley isn’t all that… rallying.
===He also claims to have lived in Chicago his whole life. I guess all those years in DC just didn’t happen either.===
It’s like a grand total of 2.5 years spent in two presidential cabinets. The guy is clearly a born and bred Chicagoan unlike the other two front runners.
- Trapped in the 'burbs - Thursday, Dec 6, 18 @ 3:30 pm:
I don’t see a shinning star in this collection of wannabes. There are probably enough Daley fans left to garner 20% of the vote. If there are 10 names on the ballot, it could happen. At least to make the runoff. Oof, it can actually get worse.
1% income tax on those who work in Cook County, 100% rebated for federal filers who list a Cook County address. If you want to make it pro-urbanist, persons who have tax remittance in the prior month get a discount on CTA or Metra monthly passes that is offset by a 1:1 transfer from the 1% fund. Administratively feasible.
“He’ll have my undivided when he reverses his brother and puts an airport back on Northerly Island.” Nothing like a barbed wire surrounded facility for the super-rich on the precious lakefront to say man of the people.