Some aldermen want to set a "pubic safety assessment" tax on thriving downtown businesses that make loads of money — which I assume would take some of the tax burden neighborhood folks worried about skyrocketing property tax bills, Fran Spielman reports from City Hall.
And what does Mayor Daley say about it?
"I think that's disaster."
The mayor goes on to offer up a suggested legal challenge for businesses that would protest — "selective legislation" he calls it. And goes on to say that every high-rise in the city — commercial and residential alike — would have to pay 40 cents-per-square foot tax on commercial spaces more than 5,000 square feet.
"If it's good for the goose, if it's good for [downtown], then it's good for all of the neighborhoods," Daley says.
Businesses that benefit from Loop beautification projects (read Daley's flower boxes and fancy, super expensive light poles), the loads of cops and traffic control folks, streets and sanitation workers picking up cigarette buts on every block should gladly pay a bit more in taxes.
What our Monarch forgets is that downtown businesses don't vote. Neighborhood folks do. Protecting Old Navy over folks in Old Town is just ridiculous.
Who does Daley think he is, Todd Stroger?