All those plastic shopping bags emblazened with a "thank you" from the store's owner might soon also carry a "thank you" from the city.
That's because, if a proposed new ordinance up for discussion Monday is adopted by the Evanston City Council, you'll be paying the city a 25-cent tax for every disposable plastic shopping bag you get.
Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, who proposed the measure, says she wants to discourage use of the bags, arguing that their production and disposal damages the environment.
She says the tax would encourage customers to use reusable shopping bags instead.
The ordinance would also bar store owners from reimbursing customers for the cost of the disfavored bags.
The ordinance contains a long list of exemptions -- ranging from bags for fruit and vegetables to bags for nails and bolts and also covering bags for potted plants and newspapers.
The ordinance would require store operators to itemize the number of bags used and the total tax charged.