Chicago Alderman Discuss "Commuter Tax"
While not up for action, idea has support in City Hall.
Some Chicago alderman voiced support Monday of a so-called “commuter tax” that would tax suburbanites who work in Chicago but don't live there.
While the issue isn't on the table at City Hall, the Chicago Tribune is reporting, the concept was on a list of 63 revenue raising options Inspector General Joseph Ferguson listed in a report released Tuesday.
The “commuter tax” would be a 1 percent income tax on commuters that would bring in an estimated $300 million a year. While some alderman like the idea because commuters use city resources without paying for them, the report cautions the idea could backfire, as a similar tax in Philadelphia caused businesses to leave, according to the Tribune.
Readers, what do you think? In some ways, the “commuters use resources but don't pay for them” is a similar argument that some made when Downers Grove recently annexed roughly 475 individual properties. Is it valid?