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Preckwinkle drops proposed ammo tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced this morning that she is no longer pursuing a five cent per bullet tax on ammunition in this year’s budget process. The move comes after 12th District Commissioner John Fritchey offered a counter proposal that did not include new taxes of any kind.

WBEZ reported on Fritchey’s counter proposal on Tuesday. It included a gun court and $1 million in grants to local anti-gun violence organizations.

Preckwinkle’s tax on ammunitions was estimated to bring in $400,000 in revenue to Cook County, but the President’s office has stressed that the tax was more of an anti-violence plan than a revenue stream. The remaining gun tax, a charge of $25 for each gun purchased, could bring in an estimated $600,000 annually.

Preckwinkle’s compromise on the ammo tax makes her total in revenue reduction from her original draft $1.7 million. She has not yet said how she plans to fill that gap, including the added cost of the gun court.

The president declined to comment earlier this week on whether she thinks a gun court would be effective in Cook County. 

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