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Cook County Soda Tax Repeal Expected Next Week; Would Take Effect December 1, 2017

Fri October 06 2017 2:42 pm
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Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison said today there will be a repeal vote in the finance committee on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, and that a vote to repeal the soda tax will be enough to withstand a veto from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

The soda tax went into effect in August 2017 after being postponed a month for a judge to review a lawsuit against it. The penny-per-ounce tax applies to any fountain or bottled drink that has sugar or artificial sweeteners added to it. Those drinks can include anything from soda to energy drinks to iced tea.

Preckwinkle’s office released the following statement:

“President Preckwinkle mapped out for commissioners yesterday the two divergent paths they face for FY 18. The Finance Committee vote is Tuesday and final Board action would not come until Wednesday. We’ll withhold any further comment until that time.”

The repeal would take effect December 1, 2017.

Commissioners expected to repeal the soda tax are Richard Boykin, John A. Fritchey, Timothy O. Schneider, Jeffrey R. Tobolski, Peter N. Silvestri, Bridget Gainer, Gregg Goslin, John P. Daley, Jesus G. Garcia, Stanley Moore and Dennis Deer — amounting to eleven of sixteen board members.

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Commissioner John Daley said he no longer supports the tax.

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