Today the Cook County Board’s Finance Committee voted to recommend a full repeal of the once cent per ounce sweetened beverage tax that was enacted just a few months ago. In response to the committee vote today, Suburban Cook County State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issued the following statement:
“The public outcry against this tax began the day it was approved and only grew in intensity. Taxpayers are tired of continually being asked to pay more taxes and today their voices were heard. Presuming the full Cook County Board votes tomorrow to repeal the tax, as of December 1 Cook County residents will no longer be penalized for purchasing sweetened beverages.
“I recently surveyed my constituents in the 54th Legislative House District, and of the 269 individuals who responded to the survey, all but two expressed their strong opposition to the Cook County sweetened beverage tax. It was a clear indication that taxpayers are tired of tax increases. They want us to fix our fiscal problems without raising additional taxes.
“Once that tax was implemented, people didn’t just shop for their soda and other sweetened beverages in other counties, they took all of the shopping money to other counties. Sales tax revenue that would have traditionally come to Cook County through the regular purchase of groceries and other items was being sent to surrounding counties. The tax was a failure on many levels.”