Warmer in Antartica



Yesterday it was 39 degrees in Antartica, 30 degrees warmer than Chicago. Antartica will again be warmer than Chicago, with a high of 15 expected today.

Hmmm...Commissioners finding ways to raise money in Cook County

Commissioners proposed:
A $30,000 fee for access to the complete database of property values maintained by the Cook County assessor.
A $1 entrance fee for all patrons of off-track betting parlors.
Doubling of fees for all environmental permits regulating air pollution and waste disposal.
A $500 car impound fee for cars towed by the sheriff.
Fines for false burglar alarms, up to $300 for each occurrence.
A pollution tax on power plants, steel plants and others, charging $400 per ton of sulfur dioxide emitted.
$50 tax for owners of SUVs and other personal vehicles weighing 4,500 pounds or more.
A 10-cents-per-bullet ammunition tax.


A 30K access fee will hurt the smaller apprasiers and realtors.
A dollar to enter off-track betting will be nothing for people who already throw their money away.
Doubling fees for environmental permits makes sense, especially for the air pollution will only make businesses try to clean it up, also the addition 400 dollars per ton of sulfur dioxide could be higher this can only be more incentives to plants and help citizens in the long run. I would raise this one a lot more, at least 50% higher (to 600 dollars)
A 50 dollar tax for big SUVs, I don't mind that since you can't see around them anyhow, and they take up more parking, more emissions, more space on the road.
A 10 cents per bullet will hurt the police and sheriff officers, even though they can write this off on their taxes at the end of the year, they may be hesitant to spend more time at the range. Also they could go outside of Cook County to buy ammo, a lot of people do for cigarettes, liquor, and gas.
False alarms, well they cost everyone.
Towing, well, people will have to be careful where they park.


Tom Glaser, the county's chief financial officer since 1995, will become the second-in-command at the troubled bureau of health. His position there of chief operating officer will be a new one. Replacing Glaser will be one of his deputies, budget director Donna Dunnings, Stroger's cousin.
Glaser's salary will jump from $154,000 to $225,000, while Dunnings salary will remain steady at $142,000. Their appointments will be made March 1, after the budget is approved.
Stroger defended hiring his cousin into the county's top finance job, citing her advanced business degree from Northwestern University and her long experience in finance."There is no one I trust better than Donna Dunnings," Stroger said.


I listened to all this live on the radio yesterday. Yes, Todd creating a new position for Glaser paying $71,000 a year more than he was making as budget director, which by the way will go to cousin Donna Dunnings.

3 Comments:

  1. Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    "A $30,000 fee for access to the complete database of property values maintained by the Cook County assessor."
    "A $1 entrance fee for all patrons of off-track betting parlors.
    Doubling of fees for all environmental permits regulating air pollution and waste disposal"

    You got to be joking here. Man, Todd is really sticking it to the taxpayers. How is the city going to get out of debt?
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    This is what the commissioners came up with, so we don't have to cut sheriffs, public defenders, prosecuters, health care.
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    Well, the commissioners should be fired. They are taken candy from one baby and putting the candy into another baby.

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