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Record #: SO2016-7090   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 9/12/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 9/14/2016
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Titles 3 and 11 regarding Chicago Water and Sewer Tax
Sponsors: Dept./Agency
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 3 - Revenue & Finance - Ch. 80 Chicago Water and Sewer Tax, MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 11 - Utilities & Environmental Protection - Ch. 12 Water Supply & Service
Attachments: 1. SO2016-7090.pdf, 2. SO2016-7090 (V1).pdf, 3. O2016-7090.pdf

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule municipality under Article VII Section 6 of the 1970 Constitution of the State of Illinois; and

WHEREAS, the City as a home rule municipality may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs, including the power to impose certain taxes; and

WHEREAS, the City Council deems it to be in the best interest of the City and its residents to impose a tax on the use or consumption of water in the City, and on the transfer of wastewater to the City sewer system from properties located in the City; and

WHEREAS, the tax will provide the City with needed revenue for pension funding; and

WHEREAS, the tax will help alleviate the need for further increases in property taxes; now therefore,

Be It Ordained by the City Council of the City of Chicago:

SECTION 1. Title 3 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by adding a new Chapter 3-80 as follows:
Chapter 3-80 CHICAGO WATER AND SEWER TAX 3-80-010 Title.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Chicago Water and Sewer Tax Ordinance." The tax shall be known as the "Chicago Water and Sewer Tax" and is imposed in addition to all other taxes imposed by the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois or any other municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State of Illinois.

3-80-020 Definitions.

When any of the following words or terms is used in this chapter, it shall have the meaning ascribed to it in this section:
"City" means the City of Chicago, Illinois.
"Department of Finance" means the City's Department of Finance or any successor department of the City.
"Department of Water Management" means the City's Department of Water Management or any successor department of the City.

"Fee" means the fee, charge, rate or other amount billed to a Purchaser for water or sewer service. "Fee" does not include (i) any interest or penalties related to a Fee, or (ii) the tax imposed by this chapter,...

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