Chicago residents, already living in a state that’s touted as having one of the highest property tax rates in the country, were found in a recent poll to not be as concerned by high taxes as you might think.
But that data is being called into question. The poll by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, found that voters were much more concerned about education and issues with policing than taxes.
The poll found respondents were willing to pay more if they felt they were getting more services. As is pointed out, the majority of the recent $543 million tax levy increase in the city went to fund pension obligations, not more tangible benefits such as putting more police officers on the streets.
But, as an article notes, a Chicago Tribune poll found one of the top reasons people fled the state was indeed taxes.