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Mayor Emanuel Considers Tax Hike on Parking in Chicago Garages

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    10/14/2014: Reaction to Mayor Emanuel's plan to raise parking taxes to pay for pothole repair. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014)

    If Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets his way, it will be more expensive to park your car in Chicago.

    Emanuel's new plan calls for a 2 percent increase to park at public parking lots. That would bring the city parking tax up to 22 percent on weekdays and 20 percent on weekends.

    The hike is projected to bring the city an additional $10 million in 2015 and would help fill some of Chicago's $300 million budget gap.

    As the February mayoral election approaches, Emanuel has said he doesn't want to raise property, sales or gas taxes, but he's still trying to close the budget gap. 

    Emanuel Proposes Tax Hike on Parking in Chicago Garages

    [CHI] Emanuel Proposes Tax Hike on Parking in Chicago Garages
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new plan calls for a 2 percent increase to park at public parking lots. NBC 5's Susan Carlson reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014)

    The mayor plans to present his budget to the City Council on Wednesday for approval.

    Daily commuters told NBC 5 parking costs are already challenging, and suburban residents who drive to Chicago to enjoy the city say parking sometimes costs more than any activity.

    "I don't park every day," commuter Lisa Kolosowski said. "I don't park because it's so high as it is, so I'm not happy with that."

    "We already pay enough to park in the city, whether it be on the street or in a parking garage," commuter Andrew Skowkonski said.

    This marks the third time Emanuel has raised or changed parking rates to bring in more city revenue.

    Two years ago, he added an across-the-board $2 a day fee. Last year, the flat parking tax was changed to a percentage.

    Emanuel also is reportedly looking at a hike for people who own skyboxes at Chicago stadiums.

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