Bloomberg's Cook County Soda Tax Repealed Months After its Implementation

Bloomberg's Cook County Soda Tax Repealed Months After its Implementation

Bloomberg's Cook County Soda Tax Repealed Months After its Implementation

The Cook County Board finished the job on Wednesday and repealed the controversial pop tax, which means soda drinkers won't have to pay it come December 1.

The committee on Tuesday voted 15-1 for repeal of the tax. "I respect the commissioners who believe that repealing this tax was the right thing to do, and I respect the people of the county who weighed in on this tax and let their voices be heard".

Grace, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 830, called on Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council to repeal the city's own sweetened beverage tax.

The American Beverage Association has fought the tax in court, arguing it is unconstitutional. But even he couldn't make moves against large beverage corporations, who obviously opposed a tax.

Voters were also asked whether they were less likely to vote for a pro-tax Cook County commissioner.

Had the tax been carried out, it was anticipated that it could raise an estimate of over $500 million per year in revenue for the state, and significantly cut costs for health issues like obesity, according to a Harvard study shared by the Tribune.

"But it is also a stark reminder that public health benefits alone are not enough to enact and sustain a new sweetened beverage tax", the coalition said in a statement. The tax was greeted with 87% disapproval from the public.

Repeal could force the closure of community health centers, delay property tax bills and force the county to borrow money to purchase "new election equipment to protect our voting systems from cyber attacks", Preckwinkle said.

Jim Krieger, executive director of Seattle-based Healthy Food America, noted that "r$3 epeal of this tax is a disappointment".

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