This just came in over the transom.
PRESIDENT TODD H. STROGER’S STATEMENT CONCERNING THE SALES TAX
For Immediate Release
James Ramos, Press Secretary
Attention: News Assignment
The government of Cook County is mandated by the state of Illinois to provide an array of services to its citizens. Governments throughout the nation, and in the state of Illinois, have imposed taxes to combat the rise in costs and cuts made by the federal government. The state of Illinois just recently raised its sales tax a quarter (1/4) of a percent to meet transportation costs.
The federal government’s cuts in Medicaid and Medicare will result in the Cook County Bureau of Health losing over 500 million dollars over the next five years.
Cook County offers other essential services that must be provided as mandated by the state of Illinois. These services include, but are not limited to, the Recorder of Deeds; State’s Attorney’s office; Sheriff’s office; Assessors office; the Circuit Court of Cook County; Board of Elections; Public Defender’s office; Animal Control; Board of Review; Treasurer’s office; the Medical examiner’s office; the Chief Judge’s office; the County Clerk’s office, and the Public Guardian’s office.
In the passing of the FY2008 Budget, the Cook County Board of Commissioners made a fiscally sound decision by increasing revenue to ensure that these services would not be interrupted.
This new revenue increases the sales tax by 1 percent, or “one penny on a dollar.” This tax is the only new tax increase passed by the board in the FY2008. This tax does NOT affect Real Estate Property Taxes – or anything attached with a TITLE. It is important to remember that this sales tax does NOT apply to goods, particularly groceries items such as food, milk and meats, prescription drugs, medicines and medical supplies.
Also, the new tax will fund more press releases like this one.