Chicago Sales Tax Entering Double Digits- Highest In Nation

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Cook County Board Approves 1% Sales Tax Hike

Chicago, IL. --
A drink at the bar, a fast-food meal and back-to-school shopping are among those things about to get a bit more expensive in Cook County.

Early Saturday, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger struck a deal with board members, who approved a 1 percent increase in the sales tax - driving Chicago's overall sales tax to double digits at 10.25 percent, easily among the highest of any big city.

And it will be enacted just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

“We got where we needed to be, and that’s a great victory for the five and a half million people who live and work in Cook County,” Stroger stated in a release early Saturday. “By working together, my administration and the board of commissioners have achieved a common goal today – to ensure that the millions of County residents who rely on us for vital services can continue to count on us to meet those critical needs.”

The budget also includes, according to the release from Stroger's office, "county-wide cuts of 4 percent, up to $180 million in sales tax anticipation notes, and various other revenue adjustments that have been made throughout the amendment process. The Stroger administration also agreed to fast-track its proposal to move towards an independent governance structure for the County’s health care system."

After months of perhaps the county's most contentious budget battles ever and the looming threat of court intervention in the budget debate, the county's $3.2 billion budget is set to be balanced by hiking the county's share of the sales tax from .75 to 1.75 percent.

The 1 percent sales tax hike will bring in more than $400 million in new cash every year to the county. This year, it will bring in about $71 million.

The county faces a $234 million deficit.

The influx of money will likely help Stroger avoid having to seek a tax increase in 2009 and possibly in 2010, when he's up for re-election.

Stroger had been one vote away from hiking the sales tax to 2.75 percent and he said he'd refuse to come down below setting it at 2 percent.

But after a day of heavy negotiating - including much intervention by labor leaders like Dennis Gannon, of the Chicago Federation of Labor, and elected officials like Sheriff Tom Dart, the deal was made.

Sources said Stroger was willing to barter, but advisors close to him kept talking him out of it. That led to shouting matches and bruised egos on both sides. Finally, a breakthrough came Friday afternoon.

The swing vote to pass the budget came from Commissioner Larry Suffredin, who campaigned for state's attorney on a boast that he had "stood up to Todd Stroger's tax increases," and as of early Saturday, his Web site still quotes him as saying "at this point, I see no need for any increase in taxes."

But Suffredin's willingness to deal came after Stroger agreed to give up control of the county hospital system - a patronage dumping ground for decades' worth of politicians - to an outside panel of professionals through 2010.

The compromise proposal calls for 15 officials from the medical, civic and labor community to pick 20 nominees to a hospital governing board. From there, Stroger will pick nine, to be approved by the county board.

Suffredin says the new board will bring true independence and professionalism to the hospital system and limit patronage opportunities.

Suffredin, while admitting a sales tax may not be "the best economic policy," noted it's half of what Stroger wanted, and said the hospital deal is a good trade-off for a 1 percent sales tax hike.

The deal allows county courts, the jail, health clinics and hospitals, among other county government functions, to remain operating for another year.

Without a budget, county officials will have been prohibited from expending any funds, emergency and otherwise, for continued government operation – effectively shutting the county down. Stroger joined County Sheriff Tom Dart and State’s Attorney Dick Devine in filing a lawsuit Friday afternoon seeking emergency court intervention to preserve at least the operation of vital services, the release said.

“Today, this administration moves forward in addressing a chronic structural deficit while continuing to meet the needs of those who rely on us for essential services,” Stroger said.

Business leaders and others predicted immediate negative ramifications.

"Chicago now has the unfortunate notoriety of having the highest sales tax in the country, and our region will now be a more expensive place to visit, live, work and operate a business," said Jerry Roper, head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. "The people of our region should be outraged."
 

Deadbent

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Yes. Grats here in Cook County.
Really good if you enjoy paying for the poor to enjoy a "sustainable" quality of living.

No wonder they drag them behind trucks.
 
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In unrelated news, Amazon.com stock almost doubled today, with a curious influx of orders being sent to Cook County, Ill.
 
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I'm glad socialism is alive and well. Enjoy the taxes folks :D
 

MrAbovePar

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These are the dumbasses who laugh at Laffer. In 20 years Chicago will be Detroit.
 

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Boys and girls, you have just looked into a crystal ball. Keep thinking "hope & change" elect the coon and this is what we're in for.

“By working together, my administration and the board of commissioners have achieved a common goal today – to ensure that the millions of County residents who rely on us for vital services can continue to count on us to meet those critical needs.”
Fucking socialist talking points. I hope a tidal wave of Sickle Cells fall all over Cook County. :hamm:
 

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In unrelated news, Amazon.com stock almost doubled today, with a curious influx of orders being sent to Cook County, Ill.
And all hope that Chicago doesn't follow New York's lead in making its residents pay the sales tax even if the sale was done online. There is talk in NY about forcing the NY sales tax on NY residents even if they bought items online and out of state.
 

MrAbovePar

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People people people.... how do you expect the gov't to pay for its excesses? You wouldn't want to drive a 5yr old car, so why should Mayor Daley?
 

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These are the same people responsible for making Obama think he can be president.

Sorry Dead, but you're in a city filled with cunts. Fuck Chicago in it's socialist fuckhole.
 
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I remember my bassist going into a Chicago suburb store like 5 years ago and walking out without her cigarettes. So of course I asked why she didn't get them. I couldn't believe when she told me because they were like $7 a pack, back then.

Fuck that place.
 

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This is what you get for allowing the Daley's to run the show since the 50's.
 

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And all hope that Chicago doesn't follow New York's lead in making its residents pay the sales tax even if the sale was done online. There is talk in NY about forcing the NY sales tax on NY residents even if they bought items online and out of state.
I'm still trying to figure out how they plan on enforcing that. So far, it's just asking on your income taxes if you made any online purchases, so of course everybody says no. Try proving that I did.
 

Myhairygrundle

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Shit the taxes in the whole state stink. We were thinking about moving up there (not Chicago proper, but like Glencoe area) and the property tax alone is fucking awful.
 
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Shit the taxes in the whole state stink. We were thinking about moving up there (not Chicago proper, but like Glencoe area) and the property tax alone is fucking awful.
you do know thats in cook county right? north of the city is the big moneyville everything costs alot.
 

TheDrip

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They just can't keep their fucking hands off our money.
 

Myhairygrundle

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you do know thats in cook county right? north of the city is the big moneyville everything costs alot.

Yea, we had also looked near Elgin/ St. Charles area, but looks like there were a lot of Mexicans taking over the area....and that's why we want to get out of Texas. Well, that and the football here sucks.
 

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I'm still trying to figure out how they plan on enforcing that. So far, it's just asking on your income taxes if you made any online purchases, so of course everybody says no. Try proving that I did.
I always say that yes, I did make online purchases. In this day of Big Brother, I'm paranoid that the comptroller or someone else in Albany will start looking into our purchase records and those who said no will get screwed. You can either hold on to your receipts and give them an exact amount of what would be owed, or the other way is to go by a chart which is based on your federal gross or federal taxable (I forget which). When I consider the total amount I purchase throughout the course of the year, the $35 or so that I have to pay is less than I'd pay if I had to pay sales tax at time of purchase. I hate giving NYS any more than they already get from me, but it's worth it in the long run...I can sleep at night and not have nightmares that I'm going to be hauled off to jail in the middle of the night.
 

TheDrip

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There is talk in NY about forcing the NY sales tax on NY residents even if they bought items online and out of state.
Just out of curiosity, is it saying that if you traveled to say PA and bought a stereo, NY will make you pay NY sales tax on that? Or am I just reading this sentence wrong, and you're actually talking about out of state online purchases?
 

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Another fine example of a political machine run amok and with no accountability.