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Ald. Osterman appeared on Chicago Tonight as part of a panel moderated by Carol Marin to explain his vote. Video of the discussion is available here.
As soon as Uptown's three aldermen release statements about their votes, we'll post them.
The big question is, how will it affect you? Reboot Illinois has an article breaking it down. Oddly, the biggest increase they focus on is for electronic cigarettes. They also show sugary drinks, two Uber rides a week, and garbage pick-up, which is not applicable for buildings of four units or more because they already pay for private scavenger service.
"For a house that is worth about $250,000, annual property taxes are expected to increase by about $500. (According to Investopedia, houses currently on the market in Chicago have a median price of about $200,00).UU Note: Ald. Tunney (44th Ward) isn't an Uptown alderman, but in his statement regarding his yes vote, he mentions increasing the police presence in the 19th District, which includes Uptown south of Lawrence Avenue.
For homes that currently receive free garbage pick-up, a fee of $9.50 per month, which would be added to water bills, could be implemented.
And while it seems those two charges might mostly affect property owners in the city, it’s likely many landlords will pass the increases on to tenants through rent increases."
"I have been assured that 35 additional police officers will be assigned to the 19th District in 2016, including 25 in the first quarter and another ten during the rest of the year. This is in addition to the eight officers that will be transferring to the 19th District in November.
[...] The final reason I voted yes today was because there is no doubt that the men and women of the Chicago Police and Chicago Fire departments are our "Finest" and "Bravest" citizens. Our city could not survive without them. The fact is that as their employer, the City of Chicago made contractual obligations to them with regard to their pensions that must be met, and this budget does that. It is unfortunate that the funding levels were allowed to dip so low and huge lump sum payments need to be made. That is not the fault of our hard working police officers and firefighters who have contributed their share all along, but that was the reality with which the City Council had to deal today." Ald. Tunney's entire statement is here.