Emanuel gets earful about property tax hike at final budget hearing

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CHICAGO --  It didn't have to be stopped early like the last one, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's last public budget hearing had plenty of angry comments.

The hearing at Wright College was the first since Emanuel offered a plan to pass the highest property tax hike in the city's history.

A package of tax and fee hikes could raise $550 million for covering pensions and schools.

That includes a new monthly garbage hauling fee.

"If you look at and deal with our police and fire pensions, obviously, as i said in the campaign, property taxes is going to be a way, but it will be fair and progressive," said Emanuel before Thursday night's hearing.

Emanuel says he thinks enough aldermen will get behind it.

"I actually believe the alderman are up to the task of charting a new course for Chicago's future," said Emanuel.

But the crowd let him know how unfair they thought it was.

"It is clear you have not met a tax or fee increase you didn't like," said one woman.

"You're going to charge us for taking out our garbage?  Give me a break," said one man.  "You work for us.  People voted you in."

The mayor mostly sat and listened during the hearing.

Police escorted him out early when the hearing on Wednesday night got out of hand due to protesters.

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