City offers compromise on exemptions for nonprofits’ water bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago aldermen are offering a compromise to religious leaders who object to paying a water bill after decades of a blanket exemption.

A new ordinance on the table will mean free water again for non-profits with net assets of less than a $1 million Those with up to $250 million in assets would receive a discount.

Some 4,000 eligible non-profits are currently billed for 60 percent of their water use.

If the proposed changes do not go through, all nonprofits will be charged for 80 percent of their water use beginning next year.

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1 Comment

  • gibson

    charge them for the water! There are so many non-profits it makes me sick. On each main city block you will find 3-5 so called non-profits.


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