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Chicagoland Chamber opposes Daley Dumpster Plan

ACCE Webmaster on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 7:46:00 pm

The Chicagoland Chamber joined the LakeView East Chamber, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and condo owners associations from across Chicago last Friday to speak out in opposition to Mayor Daley's proposed commercial dumpster fee.

The fee, which would range from $100 to $300 depending on the size of the dumpster, would apply to all dumpsters, even those on private property.  Daley hopes the new fees will raise $9 million next year and perhaps $25 million in subsequent years.  Business associations are worried about the impact on small businesses that are already struggling in this economy.

"Tanya Triche, staff attorney for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association said a small grocery store with multiple dumpsters could end up paying an extra $600 a year in a city that already has the nation’s highest sales tax.

“Why pay additional fees here when you can put a store in Orland Park, in Elgin, or Indiana, where the cost of doing business is significantly less,” she said."

Click HERE to read the full article from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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