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Record #: O2016-7759   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 10/5/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 3-92 regarding City Council vote requirement for approval of certain taxes and appropriations
Sponsors: Villegas, Gilbert
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 3 - Revenue & Finance - Ch. 92 Chicago Property Tax, Municipal Tax, and Budget Limitations
Attachments: 1. O2016-7759.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Ordinance
Expanding the Property Tax Limitation Ordinance to Promote the Interests of More Residents in the City's Tax and Spending Policies

WHEREAS, many City residents, families, and taxpayers continue contending with severely challenging financial straits due to ongoing constraints in the regional economy;
WHEREAS, due to economic disparities among various neighborhoods and communities ofthe City, certain neighborhoods and communities are more adversely affected by the negative consequences of ongoing constraints in the regional economy; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate and right that the adverse consequences of tax policy on many of the City's neighborhoods and communities be given due consideration and weight; and
WHEREAS, the regional economy is not so elastic that it can continue to absorb tax increases without undue negative effects on the economy in general and certain neighborhoods and communities in particular, absent greater input and involvement of all relevant parties; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate and right that City officials tighten their civic budgetary belts in the same manner that City residents, families, and taxpayers, and families continue to tighten their own domestic budgetary belts; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate and right that City officials, in shaping tax and spending policy, more broadly consider the input of more of the City's neighborhoods and communities; now, therefore,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO that Chapter 3-92 of the Municipal Code is hereby amended by added the underscored text and deleting the struck-through text as follows:


CHICAGO PROPERTY TAX, MUNICIPAL TAX, AND BUDGET LIMITATIONS
3-92-010 Chapter title.
3-92-020 Definitions.
3-92-030 Limitation.
3-92-040 Merging and consolidating taxing districts; transfer of functions.
3-92-050 Disconnected territory.
3-92-060 Annexed property.

Tax increment financing districts.
3-92-080 Certification of new property. 3-92-090 Rules. 3-92-010 Chapter title.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Chicago property tax, municipal tax, and budget limitations ordinance.
3-92-020 Definitions.
Whenever used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
"Consumer price index" means the consumer price index for all urban consumers for all items, published by the United States Department of Labor.
"Aggregate levy" means the annual levy of property taxes by the city for all purposes, with the exception of (i) amounts levied for the specific purposes of special service areas or pensions and (ii) those specific amounts levied for the years 2002, 2003 and 2005 to 2030, inclusive, for the benefit of the Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago pursuant to an ordinance adopted by the City Council ofthe City on September 10, 1997, and (iii) for the purpose of determining the aggregate levies for the year 2008 and subsequent years, amounts levied for public library purposes which are separately stated on tax bills under Section 20-15 ofthe Property Tax Code 35 ILCS 200/20-15, plus adjustment for new property.
"Adjustment for new property" means an amount equal to the product of the most recent property tax rate for the City of Chicago, as issued by the Cook County Clerk, times the sum of all new property in the most recent property tax levy, as issued by the Cook County Clerk.
"New property" means the assessed value, after final action by the county board of (tax) appeals or county board of review, of new improvements or additions to existing improvements on any parcel of real property that increase the assessed value of that real property during the levy year multiplied by the equalization factor issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue under Article 17 of the Illinois Property Tax Code, as amended, 35 ILCS 200/17-1, et seq. "New property" also includes any increase in assessed valuation of existing property caused by the expiration of reduced assessments under the Cook County Real Estate Classification Ordinance.
3-92-030 Limitations on property taxes, municipal taxes, and appropriations.
(a) The city shall not certify to the county clerks of Cook and DuPage Counties an aggregate levy in one year that exceeds the aggregate levy of the prior year by more than the lesser of

(a) five percent; or (b) the percentage increase in the annualized Consumer Price Index during the 12-month period most recently announced preceding the filing of the preliminary budget estimate report. Such limitation shall not reduce that portion of each levy attributable to (a) the greater of (i) for any levy year, interest and principal on general obligation notes and bonds of the city outstanding on January 1, 1994, to be paid from collections ofthe levy made for such levy year, or (ii) interest and principal on general obligation notes and bonds ofthe city up to an amount not to exceed the amount of interest and principal payments on the city's general obligation notes and bonds during the period beginning January 2, 1993, and ending January 1, 1994; (b) payments by the city under installment contracts or under public building commission leases for the retirement of bonds issued by the commission to pay for the subject properties, not to exceed the amount of such payments during the period beginning January 2, 1993, and ending January 1, 1994; or (c) payments due as a result of the refunding one or more times of any of the foregoing. The amounts described in clauses (a), (b) and (c) of the preceding sentence shall be subject to annual increase in the same manner as the aggregate levy. If the city reduced its aggregate levy for the last preceding levy year, the highest aggregate levy in any of the last three preceding levy years shall be used for the purpose of computing the limiting amount. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to impair any contract executed prior to the effective date of this ordinance.3
No ordinance, resolution, measure, or action that will increase tax or fee revenue, or the rate or base of taxes or fees, shall be adopted or have force of law except through the affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the members of the City Council.
No annual appropriation ordinance or any part thereof, and no amendment thereto, shall be adopted or have force of law except through the affirmative vote of at least 2/3 ofthe members of the City Council.
3-92-040 Merging and consolidating taxing districts; transfer of functions.
If the City of Chicago merges or consolidates with one or more other taxing districts, the sum of the last preceding aggregate levies for each taxing district shall be combined for the resulting merged or consolidated taxing district. If a function performed by another taxing district is transferred to the city, then the portion of the transferor taxing district's most recent aggregate levy attributable to the transferred function shall be added to the city's aggregate levy for the year of the transfer. If a function performed by the city is transferred to another taxing district, then that part of the aggregate levy of the city attributable to the transferred function shall be deducted from the aggregate levy of the city for that year.
Bookmark3-92-050 Disconnected territory.
If a portion of the city's territory in the prior levy year has been disconnected, for purposes of computing the limitation on the city's levy, the aggregate levy shall be adjusted by multiplying it

by a factor, the numerator of which is the prior levy year's equalized assessed value of property remaining in the city and the denominator of which is the prior levy year's equalized assessed value of the entire city. This adjustment to the aggregate levy will be made before any adjustments under Section 3-92-060.
3-92-060 Annexed property.
If properly is annexed into the city during the current levy year, for purposes of computing the limitation on the city's levy, the aggregate levy shall be adjusted by multiplying it by a factor, the numerator of which is the sum of prior levy year's equalized assessed value of all property located within the city prior to the annexation, plus the prior year's equalized assessed valuation of all property located within the annexed territory, and the denominator of which is the prior levy year's equalized assessed value ofthe entire city.
3-92-070 Tax increment financing districts.
Levies allocable to a special tax allocation fund and the amount of taxes abated under Sections 162 and 162e ofthe Revenue Act of 1939 are not included in the aggregate levy when computing the limitation on increases from year to year.
3-92-080 Certification of new property.
In order to ensure compliance with this chapter, the city comptroller each year shall obtain from appropriate officials of Cook and DuPage Counties the assessed value of new property within the city for mat year.
3-92-090 Rules.
The city comptroller shall promulgate reasonable rules relating to the administration of this chapter.


Type: Ordinance
Title: Expanding the Property Tax Limitation Ordinance to Promote the Interests of More Residents in the City's Tax and Spending Policies