The Talker: Ald. Sawyer (6th) suggests commuter tax in Chicago - FOX 32 News Chicago

The Talker: Ald. Sawyer (6th) suggests commuter tax in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicagoans were talking about making commuters pay Thursday night. No one likes to pay more city taxes, but some folks are paying none at all - suburbanites who come into Chicago to work.

They drive on Chicago's roads, walk on Chicago's sidewalks, drink Chicago's water and then leave.

Chicago's facing a huge budget deficit and at least one alderman is wondering whether it's time to force suburbanites to pay extra, if they work downtown.

Alderman Roderick Sawyer (6th) suggested the idea of a commuter tax after Mayor Emanuel released his budget to City Council on Wednesday.

The mayor said flat-out he won't consider increasing any fees on Thursday, and he also won't discuss any new taxes.

The alderman said that's unrealistic - that the city is facing a giant pension bill and everything needs to be on the table.

One suburbanite said Thursday, "Read my lips - no new taxes."

She said suburbanites shovel out a lot of money just to get to Chicago.

People on Facebook were on fire about this:

Artina Leatrice Graves wrote: It's an awesome idea. Surburbanites have too much of a benefit working in Chicago yet pay less.

Kevin Basham commented: Yeah, that's a good way to run people out of the city! Charge the working man another tax, on top of outrageous tolls.

Bob Wilk said: A great idea....they use our services, zoo, lakefront, museums and parks and pay nothing.

Amber Kozak wrote: People who use "your" lakefront, zoos and museums do pay! We pay tolls. We pay your insane sales tax. We pay to get into your museums. We pay insane amounts to park there.

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