Everywhere a Tax Tax
- Calling it a “difficult but necessary choice,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday proposed a “moderate” tax on sweetened soft drinks as part of her $4.4 billion 2017 county operating budget.
Preckwinkle said the one-penny-per-ounce tax is necessary to help avoid devastating layoffs and close a $174.3 million budget shortfall for next year.
“I do want to be clear that I didn’t come to this decision lightly,” Preckwinkle said, addressing her fellow Cook County Board members. “The proposal put before you represents months of effort — working with business and labor leaders, our criminal justice stakeholders, our public health team and my fellow elected officials.”
The tax — which the beverage industry strongly opposes — would go into effect on July 1, 2017. If approved, the cost of a 99-cent can of soda would increase to $1.11; a 20-ounce bottle, from $2.19 to $2.39.
County government is a redundant government - there is almost no function that isn't already covered by a municipal government. Essentially, it's a giant patronage Machine sucking money out of taxpayers for the connected. And Prickwrinkle is dipping into everyone's pocket once again.