Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with aldermen today to discuss his budget proposal, which will be introduced to the city council on Wednesday. According to the Sun-Times, the mayor wants to raise the hotel room tax to 4.5 percent from 3.5 percent and impose an unspecified tax on parking at downtown garages.
Emanuel also plans on bringing in more revenue by raising the city sticker cost by $25 for SUV's and wants to raise the vehicle impoundment fee for various criminal offenses. Valet parking could become more expensive as well as fees are expected to increase for that area, along with commercial loading zones. Non-profits will likely have to start footing for their water bills as well, if Emanuel gets his way; with hospitals serving low-income communities as the lone exemptions from having to pay water and sewer fees.
Emanuel is also expected to make the controversial move to change the garbage pick-up system to one of a grid, instead of the current ward-by-ward model. The mayor also plans to cut Chicago Public Library hours on Mondays and other designated down times.