Chicago City Council approves Emanuel’s 2018 budget

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CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council easily passed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2018 budget Tuesday in a 47 to 3 vote.

There’s money in this budget to add more police officers, and target high-crime neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.

The budget also includes money to make the CTA faster and safer, encourage small businesses and help modernize the city’s emergency phone and dispatch systems.

The budget approved hiking 911 fees on phones by $1.10 per line per month to $5. It also increase fees on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft by 15 cents.

It also raises amusement taxes on tickets for concerts, movies and comedy shows at venues with a capacity over 1,500 from 5 percent to 9 percent. Smaller venues would see the tax eliminated.

Water, sewer and property taxes will also increase. According to the Chicago Tribune, the average family in Chicago will pay $174 more in taxes and fees in the next year.

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