County officials to vote to repeal Chicago-area soda tax

The Cook County soda tax could be repealed this afternoon

For instance, he said, a sweet bottled drink would be taxed while a similar beverage from a barista would be exempt. "Since its inception, this tax was poorly devised, placed an enormous operational and financial burden on retailers, and saddled consumers with the responsibility to pick up the tab".

The controversial penny-per-ounce tax was introduced in Cook County by county Board President Toni Preckwinkle and went into effect on August 2nd.

Philadelphians for a Fair Future, a coalition of 81 organizations that support the soda tax, called the Cook County repeal "unfortunate". "Beverage taxes are really a money grab that has nothing to do with public health".

Low-tax advocates cheered the decision as a blow to the "nanny-state crusade". Almost 77 percent of those polled said they believed the tax was in order to raise money, with 11.71 percent saying it was meant to "improve health".

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Preckwinkle has not said whether she will veto the repeal measure.

Wednesday's vote would nix the soda tax - which only recently went into effect - by December.

Philadelphia became the first major American city to adopt a soda tax, which Kenney pushed as a funding mechanism for free expanded pre-kindergarten, a community schools initiative and public park improvements.

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

"Nothing good has come from Cook County's beverage tax". Krieger further criticized efforts by "Big Soda" to oppose the tax.

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