Peter Silvestri, Cook County discusses the sweetened beverage tax which he voted against. Commissioner Silvestri believes this tax will further drive consumers out of Cook County, would not be good for Chicago & could harm business relations.
The Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax will go into effect on July 1, 2017. The tax will be imposed at the rate of $0.01 per ounce. Peter Silvestri voted against the sweetened beverage tax as did seven of his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners. Nevertheless, the tax passed. The “pro” argument cited concerns for obesity, diabetes, and other health issues, which, aside from harming the individual, also contribute to health care costs via Cook County’s public health system. Commissioner Silvestri and the others voting against the tax cited that county residents are already feeling overburdened by taxes, and that in the long run, county businesses will suffer as consumers can purchase these products elsewhere.