Cook County Commissioners Sour on Sugary Drinks Tax

Cook County Commissioners Sour on Sugary Drinks Tax

Former McDonald's USA CEO Ed Rensi sounds off on Illinois' soda tax.

Chicago and many suburban areas - board committee voted 15-2 to repeal the tax, which charged individuals a penny per ounce of pop.

Low-tax advocates cheered the decision as a blow to the "nanny-state crusade".

Even if the repeal succeeds, Cook County residents and visitors will still pay a tax on sports drinks, diet colas and sweetened beverages throughout the fall, as the repeal measure doesn't take effect until December 1.

"If there is one city America's tax and spenders should be able muscle through the latest tax fad, it would be Chicago".

"It means we will have a $200 million hole in our budget and we're really challenged in terms of delivering health care services, and our criminal justice reforms", Preckwinkle said in an interview with the Herald Tuesday.

The country's largest soda tax was levied and two months after it the oppressed lawmakers in Cook County are already assured to invalidate it. "Residents and consumers have been forced to pay more on over 1,000 everyday beverages, including diet drinks", the anti-tax Can the Tax Coalition said in a statement on its website.

"This shows that momentum is swinging against beverage taxes", said William Dermody, vice president of media and public affairs at the American Beverage Association, a representative of soda companies who fought the tax.

The tax, which was projected to raise $200 million annually, raised $16 million from August 3 to September 20, approximately $2 million less than expected, according to Frank Shuftan, a spokesman for Preckwinkle. For instance, he said, a sweet bottled drink would be taxed while a similar beverage from a barista would be exempt.