At the request of aldermen looking into ways to pay for a city administered property tax rebate, the Office Of Budget and Management (OBM) has distributed a trove of briefing documents outlining potential revenue sources. The 30 documents, about a page or two each, lay out background information, revenue impact, potential legal snags, and sometimes a comparison to other cities for each proposed tax or fee. They were first distributed to aldermen last year, during the preparation of the fiscal year 2016 budget.
“These are not revenue ideas the Administration is proposing,” OBM spokesperson Molly Poppe said in an email to Aldertrack. “These were ideas that were brought up during discussions with aldermen as part of the 2016 budget process, and the aldermen asked us to circulate these documents again as they consider revenue opportunities for the rebate.”