Every time I see Chicago’s having financial problems I think of garbage collection.
I think of three men on a truck.
Then, I think of how garbage trucks in Crystal Lake have one man (except for picking up bags of leaves in the fall, when there are two).
Sometimes the driver has to get out of the truck, but most of the time that’s just to turn the garbage contained around so the mechanical arm can lift it and dump its contents in the truck.
The 5-minute YouTube recording of a Chicago garbage truck crew at work shows that there is a mechanical arm, but a man has to bring the garbage container to the back of the truck and engage it.
The driver does nothing but drive the truck.
Two men walk behind it.
The reason for the three men on Chicago trucks is probably that two unions are involved–the Teamsters and the Laborers.
Another reason not to shed tears for Chicago taxpayers is that they pay so much less that those of us in McHenry County do.
The way to compare property taxes is to use effective tax rates.
That is computed by dividing one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s property.
Don’t know how I missed this Chicago Tribune article, but it has a graphic showing the average effective tax rates in the Chicago area: