'Pole tax' comes up short - FOX 32 News Chicago

'Pole tax' comes up short

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The so-called "pole tax" on strip clubs has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approved.

Supporters of the new tax hoped it would raise much more than the $380,000 it did in 2013. Officials expected it would raise about $1 million.

Thirty seven clubs paid an average of $10,000 last year.

Polly Poskin, executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, attributes the lower revenue to the fact that the requirement only applies to strip clubs that sell or allow alcohol. Chicago bans alcohol at its strip clubs.

The state uses the revenue to fund rape crisis centers.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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