Cook County board votes 15-1 to repeal sugary drink tax

Marcus Newton
October 12, 2017

Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-Evanston, was alone in voting to keep it. In the latest poll, about 79 percent said they would not support a commissioner for re-election should they support the tax.

"It means we will have a $200 million hole in our budget and we're really challenged in terms of delivering health care services, and our criminal justice reforms", Preckwinkle said in an interview with the Herald Tuesday. The tax went into effect on August 2, and has faced public backlash fueled by a repeal campaign funded by the American Beverage Association.

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.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, an advocate for the tax, said in a statement that she is "disappointed" by the vote and that it is now up to "commissioners to choose our direction on revenue".

Bloomberg has spent $5 million on ads supporting the Cook County sweetened beverage tax - citing the health benefits of fewer pop sales.

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The committee took the first step to repeal the ill-favored sweetened beverage tax on Tuesday and is expected to finalize the vote tomorrow. But even he couldn't make moves against large beverage corporations, who obviously opposed a tax.

The beverage tax repeal will go into effect on December 1, 2017.

Preckwinkle has not said whether she will veto the repeal measure.

The tax passed a year ago when Board President Toni Preckwinkle cast the deciding vote after commissioners deadlocked on the measure.

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