Cook Co. commissioners disagree on sales tax

July 13, 2008 3:57:53 PM PDT
A political push to repeal Cook County's 1 percent sales tax increase has emerged.Commissioner Tony Peraica held a news conference Sunday in front of Commissioner Larry Sufferdin's office in Evanston. Peraica is asking his colleague to change his vote for the tax and support him in repealing it. The new tax raised Chicago's sales tax to 10.25 percent, making it the highest in the nation.

Peraica says the tax is unfair to hard working families. Suffredin argues it is needed to fill the county's budget deficit.

"The purpose of the vote on the tax was to stabilize this government and to put us in a position where we could now review all of our taxes and protect all the assets that the tax payers have given us," Suffredin said.

" With rising foreclosures, bankruptcies, divorce rates, this is the wrong time right now in our economy to have this $430 million tax increase take place," said Peraica.

Peraica is running for Cook County State's Attorney against Democrat Anita Alvarez.


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