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Another Cook County Tax Increase Coming?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008
WBEZ
by Tony Arnold

Today marks day two for Chicago having the highest sales tax among major U.S. cities. The Cook County Board approved the tax increase earlier this year after a contentious budget battle. Commissioner Larry Suffredin voted for the tax increase as part of a compromise. He says even though there's talk of raising taxes again, that isn't likely.

SUFFREDIN: We have more than enough money to operate through 2010 and anybody who would think we need more taxes would be just trying to milk the taxpayers.

Suffredin says he needed to vote for this year's sales tax increase to get the troubled health bureau under independent management. Board President Todd Stroger, who pushed the increase, would not answer questions about the sales tax.


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