On the heels of a 32 % hike in the income tax rate in Illinois, residents of Cook County were recently saddled with a one cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages. As a strong opponent of the new beverage tax, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) is co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the tax, and is also offering residents an opportunity to sign a petition opposing it.
“The sweetened beverage tax went into effect on August 2 and will result in Cook County consumers having to pay on average 67 percent more for a 2-liter of pop, 43 percent more for a gallon of juice drink or sweetened iced tea, and 29 percent more for a 12-pack,” said Morrison. “Taxpayers are outraged by this latest move to take more of their hard-earned money and channel it toward Cook County government.”
Residents who would like to express their opposition to the sugar tax are encouraged to sign an on-line petition available on Morrison’s web site. Visit www.repmorrison54.comwww.repmorrison54.com and click on the red button to sign the petition.
In addition to offering the petition, Morrison is also championing two separate bills that would repeal the Cook County sweetened beverage tax and prevent similar taxes from being levied elsewhere in the state. HB 4082 would prevent any home rule county from imposing a tax on sweetened beverages based on volume sold and repeal local laws already in effect regarding these types of taxes. HB 4084 takes a broader approach in prohibiting these types of taxes. While similar to HB 4082 in desired effect, HB 4084 prohibits all local governments from imposing any tax that is based on weight or volume. This would apply to the Cook County sweetened beverage tax, but would also thwart other similar attempts to tax substances based on weight or volume. Both bills would repeal the Cook County tax but differ slightly in how it would be accomplished.
“Our county elected officials should be primarily focused on cutting spending, not raising taxes on our already overburdened residents,” Morrison said.