Chicago Aldermen voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a fee increase on all phone lines.
Anyone with a mobile or land line phone linked to a Chicago address can expect bills to jump by $16.80 per line per year, or $67.20 a year for a family with four phone lines.
The increase will boost 911 surcharges on wireless phones and landlines by $1.40 -- to $3.90 a line -- starting Sept. 1. It also increases the tax on prepaid wireless phones by 2 percentage points, to 9 percent, on Oct. 1.
Mayor Emanuel said the increased revenue was needed to help support the pensions of city workers.
“We avoided a property tax increase, we secured the pension of working men and woman and we introduced an increase in the minimum wage. All efforts to help people achieve the middle class,” he said.
As for the minimum wage, some aldermen say a raise now should only be the first step.
“I think that people in the city of Chicago need a raise to be able to make ends meet,” said Ald. Ricerdo Munoz. “But it’s not enough. I’m still fighting for $15 dollars an hour and making sure that it grows with the cost of living expenses.”
That minimum wage ordinance was sent back to committee for further tweeting before returning to the full city council for a vote.