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Cook County Commissioner To Try To Start Pop Tax Repeal At Board Meeting

One Cook County commissioner say he’ll try to begin the process of repealing the sweetened-beverage tax at Wednesday's board meeting.

As taxes go, the so called pop tax has left a sour taste the mouths of many.

Earlier today, retailers and business owners held a rally in the Loop urging the County Board to do away with the penny per ounce tax on soda, sports drinks and ready to drink coffee and tea.

It went into effect barely a month ago but Democratic Commissioner Richard Boykin says he wants it gone.

“Every single day that this tax is in place is a day that taxpayers of Cook County have to pay more. It’s a day that families are stressed," Boykin said.

But it’s unclear whether Boykin has the votes to repeal the tax.

Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the county needs the tax to balance its budget. But, opponents plan to be out in force ready to voice support to “can the tax.”

But Commissioner Larry Suffredin stands behind it — saying it funds critical services.

“It is a revenue that we need to be able to run the hospital system. We are spending much more than the income from this tax on diseases that are related to both sugar and sweetened drinks,” Suffredin said. “I would hope that we do not take a step that would cause us have to redesign our entire healthcare delivery system."

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