Cook County Commissioners Defend Opposing Votes on Sales Tax Repeal

May 12, 2009

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Last week county commissioners moved to repeal our one percent sales tax increase, by a vote of 12-3. Yesterday, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger stepped in with his veto of that move. Stroger said the tax cut was a political ploy, one that would have put the county more than two hundred million dollars in the hole and threatened health care and public safety services. Unless 14 of the 17 commissioners vote to override Stroger's veto when they next meet, consumers will continue to pay the highest sales tax of any major American city. Commissioner Jerry “Iceman” Butler supported the sales tax, and explains why. Also, Commissioner Elizabeth Gorman, the sponsor of last week's repeal, has the opposing view.