County officials to vote to repeal Chicago-area soda tax

Gladys Abbott
October 12, 2017

Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-Evanston, was alone in voting to keep it. The vote came just more than two months after the tax took effect August 2.

Repeal could force the closure of community health centers, delay property tax bills and force the county to borrow money to purchase "new election equipment to protect our voting systems from cyber attacks", Preckwinkle said.

"Today, I voted with 15 of my colleagues on the Cook County Board of Commissioners to repeal the Soda Tax", said Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer (D-10) in a written statement.

David Goldenberg, a spokesman for the anti-tax coalition, told Fox News that one problem with the tax was that similar beverages would be treated differently depending on how they were packaged.

The vote sets the stage for a final vote on Wednesday to repeal the tax, which aroused the ire of consumers and retailers who say their businesses have been adversely affected.

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Opponents of the tax said that it violated IL law as it did not apply evenly to all beverages. The repeal vote was 15-2, the Chicago Tribune reported, adding that it would cease being collected on December 1.

Cook County, which includes Chicago, was the largest jurisdiction in the country with a soda tax.

As for how she misread pop tax opposition so badly, she said, "We're in a very hard time in this country politically".

In her 20018 budget address last week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a supporter of the soda tax, reportedly argued that an estimated $200 million a year from the tax would help avoid budget cuts.

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