Here We Go Again! Cook County government officials are proposing ANOTHER Tax on beverages.

UPDATE: The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 15-2 to repeal the beverage tax!


Can the Tax Coalition Celebrates Passage of Cook County Beverage Tax Repeal

(CHICAGO - October 11, 2017) - Cook County today became the first local unit of government in the country to repeal an existing beverage tax when the County Board overwhelmingly voted 15-2 to end the county’s unfair, over-reaching and unpopular beverage tax. Since the tax went into effect on August 2, 2017, outrage from Cook County residents and businesses has been overwhelming and nearly 90% of Cook County residents opposed the tax.

The Can the Tax Coalition issued the following statement following today’s vote by the Cook County Board to repeal the beverage tax:

“The Can the Tax Coalition applauds today’s repeal of Cook County’s unfair, over-reaching and unpopular beverage tax. Cook County residents have spoken and commissioners were listening.

“We hope President Preckwinkle will sign the repeal so we can all move on and work together to strengthen Cook County.

“Nothing good has come from Cook County’s beverage tax. Residents and consumers have been forced to pay more on over 1,000 everyday beverages, including diet drinks. Higher prices have led to significant consumer flight, declining beverage sales have reached nearly 50% in some retailers and restaurants, and people have lost their jobs.

“What has happened in Cook County and places like Philadelphia should be a warning sign to any community considering a beverage tax to balance its budget. The beverage tax has been a distraction in Cook County at time when everyone needs to work together and find a better way. Beverage taxes just don’t work and we look forward to December 1st.”


This was the sixth time this year voters and /or elected officials across the country have rejected or taken steps to prevent the implementation of a beverage tax, including statewide rejections in West Virginia and Michigan. Tacoma and Spokane, Washington also explored possible beverage taxes but did not move forward following concerns expressed by residents and businesses. In comparison, only Seattle has voted to initiate a new beverage tax.

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Cook County Board repeals soda tax

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday repealed the controversial penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages it passed just last year. Read more here.





 

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