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Save the condo owner garbage tax rebate

When Mayor Rahm Emanuel initially proposed his 2012 City budget, the $75 per unit annual tax rebate for condo owners who pay for their own garbage removal service was cut. After hearing feedback from residents and local alderman, including 48th Ward Alderman Osterman, Emanuel appears willing to negotiate and potentially return a part of the rebate. The rebate was initially implemented because the City of Chicago does not provide trash removal to larger condo buildings, despite both the unit owners and associations paying property taxes. Condo buildings therefore must pay both property taxes and for a third party scavenger service. Without the rebate, condo owners will likely face increased association fees.

Tell the Mayor’s office that you are against cutting the Chicago Garbage Rebate Program by submitting your feedback here on the City’s website. A sample letter can also be found here.

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