Stroger has been under siege for nearly three months for having proposed a highly unpopular 2-percentage-point hike in the county sales tax.This article courtesy of Clout Street.
After taking a few calls from unhappy taxpayers, Williams said he had time for one more caller.
On came "Jonathan from Chicago."
Jonathan talked intelligently about the county’s budget mess last year and then went on to defend the tax hike and cite a national study comparing cities across the nation.
"The last 15 areas that raised their sales tax saw actually no less than 25 percent growth in the year after they did it," Jonathan said. "A lot of this is just gloom and doom, the world’s going to fall in. But when you look at what’s actually happened, the world’s never fallen in."
The random caller, of course, wasn’t so random. It was Stroger’s $100,000-a-year communications director, Andre Garner.
Confronted later, Garner declined to comment but said, "Well, you guys won’t put this stuff in the newspaper," referring to his on-air comments.
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