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.
Cook County, which includes Chicago, became the largest jurisdiction in the U.S.to enact the tax on sugary and artificially sweetened beverages when the board approved it in November with Board President Toni Preckwinkle as the deciding vote.
After plenty of backlash from all directions, the controversial sweetened beverage tax that went into effect just two months ago has inevitably been repealed. The ordinance is set for a vote on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
The budget cut caused by the repeal tax could amount to 11%, causing a lot of layoffs in order to cut costs. "Beverage taxes are really a money grab that has nothing to do with public health". "Residents and consumers have been forced to pay more on over 1,000 everyday beverages, including diet drinks", the anti-tax Can the Tax Coalition said in a statement on its website.
"Because of provisions in IL tax law - unique to this state and not relevant to adoption of taxes elsewhere - the Cook County tax was quite different than those in other cities".
The tax passed past year when Board President Toni Preckwinkle cast the deciding vote after commissioners deadlocked on the measure.
Gainer said she is committed to working with Preckwinkle and her colleagues "to approach the 2018 budget line-by-line and find alternate ways to close the budget gap".