Here a Tax, There a Tax
- Months after winning approval for a controversial penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants to extend the county's 3 percent amusement tax to cable TV and recreational activities such as bowling, golf and many for-profit sports leagues.
The additional $20 million — most of it coming from cable taxes — would help close a projected $199 million hole in the operating budget, Preckwinkle said. The county would get much more from the sales tax hike and spend it on shoring up government worker pension funds, loan repayments and capital projects such as roads, bridges and major technology upgrades.
"We're taking the difficult but necessary steps to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of county government," Preckwinkle said during her 2016 budget address Wednesday. Later, she characterized the expansion of the amusement tax as a "modest" effort to close a loophole, given that the city already charges its 9 percent amusement tax in those same areas.
Someone want to remind us what the purpose is for County government? Most of their functions are already performed by incorporated cities, suburbs and townships. Yeah yeah yeah, we know they're a political patronage machine, so their main purpose is fleecing taxpayers for assorted government slobs to "earn" a living, usually the relatives too dumb or corrupt to go into city government. So why does this entity still exist to steal our money?