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Cook County Commissioner Vows Renewed Sales Tax Fight

Monday, November 09, 2009
Chicago Public Radio
by Ammad Omar

The Cook County Board could be moving quickly to roll back the county sales tax rate. That's after the Governor this weekend signed a bill lowering the amount of votes needed to override a veto from Board President Todd Stroger.

Commissioner Larry Suffredin says the board will meet next Monday to once again push a sales tax rollback. 

SUFFREDIN: (The proposed cut) will probably be half a [percentage] point. And we'll have the eleven votes necessary to override when (Stroger) vetoes it, because we believe he will veto it.  

Previous attempts to cut the sales tax were vetoed, and commissioners didn't have enough votes to override. 

A Stroger spokeswoman says the President will try to convince commissioners to vote against a rollback. She says it would hurt county services.


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