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New Taxes And Fees Hit Chicagoans In 2017, But Not Right Away

Chicagoans will pay hundreds of millions in new taxes and fees in 2017, but not right away.

Property tax hikes from the city and Chicago Public Schools will get figured into tax bills that go out over the summer.

When they hit, the owner of a $200,000 house can expect a bump of almost $250.

The county’s new penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other “sweetened beverages” doesn’t take effect until July 1st.

Even the 7-cent tax on grocery bags is delayed until February.

A 7.7 percent hike in water and sewer bills starts right away, but bills won’t arrive on New Year’s Day.

However, the city also approved hundreds of new parking meters last fall—and based on personal experience, at least some of them may already be in place.

Dan Weissmann is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow him at @danweissmann.

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