City Council to Provide Water Bill Relief to Chicago Nonprofits

Water bill relief coming to Chicago nonprofits

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved an ordinance which will restructure the way Chicago nonprofits are charged by the city for their water usage. The ordinance amends legislation originally passed in 2011 which would have phased out fee exemptions provided to most nonprofit organizations.

According to the new ordinance, nonprofits with under $1 million in assets will continue to receive free water from the city, while organizations with assets between $1 million and $10 million will receive a 60 percent exemption, and organizations with assets between $10 million and $250 million will receive a 25 percent exemption. Nonprofit organizations with assets exceeding $250 million will be required to pay water usage fees to the city in full, while public museums will continue to receive a 20 percent exemption.

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