Vickrey Contradicts Her Own Positions
Caroline Campaigning Against Herself
Today Caroline Vickrey, who is challenging Alderman Michele Smith in the 43rd Ward put out an email accusing Smith of distorting her record, when, ironically Vickrey is distorting her own record. Unfortunately for Caroline, her own words contradict what she’s now saying.
Vickrey told the Chicago Sun Times:
On a property tax increase:
I would support a property tax raise only after a forensic audit of all city expenditures takes place to make sure money is being spent in a fiscally prudent way across the spectrum.
On the Financial Tax Increase:
* A tax on electronic financial transactions on Chicago’s trading exchanges, known as the “LaSalle Street tax”
Yes or No: Yes if combined with cuts in spending
On a non-resident tax for those working in the City:
* A tax on non-Chicago residents who work in the city
Yes or No: Yes if constitutional
Q: Do you support, in general concept, establishing a gambling casino in Chicago?
Yes or No: No.
Please explain: People hold conventions in Chicago because it is a city with a beautiful lakefront, beautiful parks, cool neighborhoods, great dining, amazing theater and world class museums, and last but not least, it is free from the distraction of casinos. Casinos are a regressive tax on our city, can cause great social damage to communities, and would fail to set us apart from other great cities of the world, turning our lakefront into a cheapened amusement park. Instead, it would suck casino business from Indiana, further crippling that market. I know that we are desperate for revenue, but I hope we can avoid casinos to solve that problem.
Vickrey told the Chicago Tribune:
On cars entering Lincoln Park:
I do think that we should consider moves like selling off excess city owned property, at assessed values (that doesn’t always happen), and perhaps consider novel ideas like taxes on vehicles entering Lincoln Park, especially from outside the city. While we love our free zoo and beaches, ironically the congestion caused by these lakefront attractions is not helping local businesses.
On extra fees for garbage and recycling:
Those decisions to reduce spending should take place over increasing taxes, though new sources of revenue should be explored (e.g. excess garbage pickup, certain materials recycling, metered water fees, etc.)
Vickrey told WFLD TV:
“I did propose a tax on cars, non-resident cars.”
Vickrey today says:
Here’s the truth on taxes. There is no car tax. I do not want to charge residents to visit Lincoln Park Zoo. No trash nor financial transaction tax. I do not support increasing property or income taxes. Like every other 43rd Ward resident I do not want more taxes.
Earlier she said yes, today she says no, what on Earth will she say tomorrow?