Chicago Repeals 'Soda Tax' After Just 2 Months

Chicago Repeals 'Soda Tax' After Just 2 Months

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, an advocate for the tax, said in a statement that she is "disappointed" by the vote and that it is now up to "commissioners to choose our direction on revenue".

Amidst the identification of increasing public pressure Cook County's Board of Commissioners is anticipated to vote to roll back the tax, effective from December 1. The ordinance is set for a vote on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The tax has been tormented in its very short life by legitimate challenges, execution glitches, and a howling multimillion-dollar media battle amongst the soda industry and public health groups.

After plenty of backlash from all directions, the controversial sweetened beverage tax that went into effect just two months ago has inevitably been repealed. For instance, he said, a sweet bottled drink would be taxed while a similar beverage from a barista would be exempt.

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As for how she misread pop tax opposition so badly, she said, "We're in a very hard time in this country politically". In the latest poll, about 79 percent said they would not support a commissioner for re-election should they support the tax.

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.

Some retailers opposed to the tax posted signs in the soda aisle telling customers they will pay $1.44 more on each 12-pack of soda because of the tax, and urging them to tell their county commissioner to repeal it.

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