Should Cook County Voters Decide Fate Of Taxes?

April 23, 2008

Earlier this year, the Cook County Board voted to increase sales taxes. Politically, that's ancient history, but one commissioner never got over it. Today, he's proposing a measure to keep it from happening again.

Last month, Commissioner Tony Peraica put forward a plan that would have let Cook County voters decide whether to rescind the board's ability to approve or raise taxes without voter approval. He lost, but today he's putting forward a lighter version that would still require most new taxes and increases go through referenda.

PERAICA: Clearly we have taxation on steroids here in Cook County, at every level - city, county, state that is driving business out of Cook County, that is driving individuals to move out of Cook County, and we need to put a stop to that.

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's office did not return calls for comment, but fellow Republican Commissioner Greg Goslin says Peraica's plan is off-base. Goslin says if Cook County residents want lower taxes, they can always vote anti-tax commissioners into office.