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Tuberculosis tax district could be gone

Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Daily Herald
by Erin Calandriello

SPRINGFIELD — Cook County taxpayers might see a change on their tax bills under a plan to abolish what lawmakers call an archaic taxing district that oversees tuberculosis in the suburbs.

The plan, which passed the Illinois House without opposition Tuesday, would give the Cook County Department of Health complete control over the prevention, care, and treatment of tuberculosis.

Currently, the Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District oversees tuberculosis vaccinations and treatment and imposes a tax.

“The intent is for the Cook County Department of Health to take on all employees and to maintain services which are currently operating,” said state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat.

The plan now faces a Senate vote.



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