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Rahm Emanuel Wants to Tax Your Cell Phone

Chicago's mayor wants to impose a monthly charge of $3.90

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Rahm Emanuel Wants to Tax Your Cell Phone

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dispatching lobbyists to Springfield to push for an increased cell phone tax, Crain's Chicago Business reports.

Chicago residents currently pay $2.50 per month as a tax for owning a cell phone in Chicago. The funds go to pay for 911 dispatch.

Emanuel's reportedly proposed increase would impose a $3.90-per-month tax on cell phones, up from $2.50. The reason? Growing operation costs for the city's 911 emergency hub.

The nearly $4 fee would put Chicago above San Francisco ($2.86) and New York ($1.50).

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