It was announced today that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) is hoping he can bring in an additional $4 million next year by raising zoning permit fees. In addition to the current fees for filing electronic applications, a base fee would be added for projects of more than 10,000 square feet. And developers of both large and small projects would pay much higher base fees if they want to file paper zoning applications in person.
The higher fees will be part of the mayor’s 2014 budget proposal, which he'll present Wednesday to the City Council. But the fee hikes, along with a plan to raise cigarette taxes by 75 cents a pack to raise $10 million, will only go so far in plugging the city’s estimated $339 million budget gap.