County officials to vote to repeal Chicago-area soda tax

Oct 12, 2017, 00:23
County officials to vote to repeal Chicago-area soda tax

Healthy Food America's executive director Dr. Jim Krieger said that Cook County's success in repealing the sweetened beverage tax was unique to state's tax legislation; and that it would not stop the momentum of other taxes that have taken effect across the U.S., including Philadelphia and Seattle earlier this year.

The county consists of 5.2 million people and was hitherto competing with budgetary desolation and extensive voter exasperation with state and local government when the board voted when levied one-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks.

Wednesday's final vote came after a similar finance committee vote Tuesday. In the latest poll, about 79 percent said they would not support a commissioner for re-election should they support the tax.

After plenty of backlash from all directions, the controversial sweetened beverage tax that went into effect just two months ago has inevitably been repealed. Preckwinkle said in a statement after Tuesday's vote that she was "disappointed".

Proponents of the tax claimed it would improve public health by discouraging the purchase of sugary drinks, which have been connected to health issues like obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Preckwinkle and commissioners will have to decide how they will fill an approximate $200 million budget hole that the tax would have satisfied. "And yet in this tax and spend, Democrat-run city, consumers forced the city council to cough up their recent tax hike and repeal the soda tax", Grover Norquist, president of the anti-tax Americans for Tax Reform, said in a statement. They have until November 30 to approve a budget.