Repeal the Beverage Tax
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The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance that goes into effect July 1. Retailers in Cook County are required to collect a penny-per-ounce tax on all bottled sweetened beverages, including "soda, sports drinks, flavored water, energy drinks, pre-made sweetened coffee and tea with less than 50% milk content." They must also collect a tax on "sweetened beverages produced from syrups using a beverage dispensing machine and powders using a beverage dispensing machine or by hand mixing" The tax "must be included in the selling price" and "may be separately stated on the receipt." This tax is estimated to cause beverage sales at grocery stores to drop by almost 50% as consumers purchase their beverages elsewhere. That loss of revenue will hurt Cook County retailers and lead to loss of jobs. Consumers will see the cost of a 2-liter bottle of soda jump from around $1.00 to $1.67, an increase of 67%. We the people of Cook County need to demand that our Board of Commissioners immediately repeal this tax. We already pay the highest sales tax in the nation at 10.25%, and this tax will only increase our burden. (Quotations taken from www.cookcountyil.gov/service/sweetened-beverage-tax
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