Stroger vows to veto tax rollback

November 20, 2009 8:18:40 PM PST
Cook County Board president Todd Stroger said on Friday night he will veto the one half percent sales tax rollback that commissioners approved Tuesday. That rollback cuts in half a controversial one percent Cook County sales tax hike. He says it would cost the county about $200 million.

Critics charge that many consumers shop in collar counties to avoid the tax.

On Friday night, while taping Newsviews, Stroger told Alan Krashesky the rollback would cause chaos and mayhem.

"We'll really have to throw up our hands and tell the health system we are not gonna send you the money. And they will more than likely say that we're gonna close Provident Hospital, the clinics, and Oak Forest Hospital. And that will add up to approximately $180 million. And then they'll have to figure out the rest," said Todd Stroger, (D) Cook County Board president.

The entire interview will be broadcast Sunday morning during our news that begins at 8 a.m.


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