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The rebates would cost the city between $10 million and $50 million. The checks to average homeowners would range from $100 to $195, far short of the average $413 property tax increase homeowners can expect when bills hit the mail starting late this month.

In addition, a majority of city homeowners would be excluded from receiving rebates under three of the four options that mayoral financial aides discussed Tuesday during briefing sessions with aldermen. Under the most generous of the plans, about 219,000 of 425,000 homeowners would be eligible, and as few as 100,000 would be eligible under the least generous.

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