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Record #: R2021-919   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/21/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Committees and Rules
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Submission of public question by referendum to Chicago voters at November 8, 2022 general election proposing increase of City of Chicago real estate transfer tax for purposes of providing resources for affordable housing and services to combat homelessness
Sponsors: Hadden, Maria E. , Taylor, Jeanette B. , Martin, Matthew J. , Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , La Spata, Daniel , Rodriguez, Michael D., Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Osterman, Harry, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Moore, David H., Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Austin, Carrie M., Coleman, Stephanie D. , Maldonado, Roberto, Mitts, Emma, Villegas, Gilbert, Taliaferro, Chris, Cappleman, James
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. R2021-919.pdf, 2. SR2021-919.pdf
Related files: R2023-766
SUBSTITUTE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Illinois General Assembly, specifically in 65 ILCS 5/8-3-19, allows home rule municipalities to increase their own Real Estate Transfer Taxes only by means of referendum; and

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule municipality under Article VII ofthe 1970 Illinois Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the "City Portion" of the City of Chicago current transfer tax rate is three dollars and seventy-five cents ($3.75) for every five hundred dollars ($500.00) of transfer price, or fraction thereof, per transaction; and

WHEREAS, the City seeks to increase the "City Portion" of real estate transfer tax imposed, keeping the current rate at three dollars and seventy-five cents ($3.75) for every five hundred dollars ($500.00) of transfer price, or fraction thereof, for transfers up to one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) in transfer price, and increasing the rate to thirteen dollars and twenty-five cents ($13.25) for every five hundred dollars ($500.00) of transfer price, or fraction thereof, for transfers over one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) in transfer price; and

WHEREAS, the increased revenue shall be dedicated to the Homeless Transfer Tax Fund and is to be dedicated to combating homelessness by providing permanent affordable housing and the services necessary to obtain and maintain permanent housing; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Chicago hereby finds it in the best interest ofthe City to impose such an increased real estate transfer tax to address the City's significant problem with homelessness; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

Section 1. The foregoing recitals are found as fact and incorporated herein by reference.

Section 2. In accordance with 65 ILCS 5/8-3-19, the City Council of the City of Chicago hereby initiates and authorizes the following referendum question to be submitted to the voters of the entire City of Chicago at the regularly scheduled municipal general election next occurring after the effective date of this resolution on February 28, 2023.

Shall the City of Chicago impose a real estate transfer tax increase of 253% to establish a new transfer tax rate of thirteen dollars and twenty-five cents ($13.25)

for every five hundred dollars ($500.00) of transfer price, or fraction thereof, for transfers of more than $1,000,000 in transfer price to be paid by the buyer of the real estate transferred?

The current rate ofthe "City Portion" of the real estate transfer tax is three dollars and seventy-five cents ($3.75) per five hundred dollars ($500.00) of the transfer price, or fraction thereof, to be paid by the buyer ofthe real estate transferred, and the revenue is used for general corporate purposes. The revenue from the increase is to be used for the sole purpose of combating homelessness by providing permanent affordable housing and the services necessary to obtain and maintain permanent housing in the City of Chicago. The increase would concern the "City Portion" of the tax only, and there would be no increase in the rate of the "CTA Portion" of the tax, which is one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per five hundred dollars ($500.00) of the transfer price, or fraction thereof, to be paid by the seller of the real estate transferred.
Yes
No


Section 3. The City Clerk of the City of Chicago shall certify the referendum question referenced herein to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners in accordance with Article 28 of the Election Code.

Alderperson Maria E. Hadden 49th Ward

Section 4. This resolution shall be in full force and effect upon its passage.