A key ally of Rahm Emanuel on Monday said the mayor will have to raise property taxes to cover ballooning city worker pension payments before trying to walk back the statement in the heat of a tight mayoral campaign.
Ald. Carrie Austin, 34th, the City Council budget chairman, said she has talked to the mayor about his spending plans going forward.
Pressed on whether those plans included property tax increases, Austin responded: “I believe we can truly say that it will happen, but it’s all in the ‘how much.’ ... Nothing is off the table, and I think we should be honest with the people to let them know that everything is being considered.”