In noting that there are enough votes to repeal the tax, he is co-sponsoring legislation "that will mitigate the effect of an immediate repeal on vital county services and allow for a more orderly transition".
Preckwinkle warned commissioners Thursday that they would be forced to make steep cuts across the county to make up for the lost revenue officials counted on from the tax to balance next year's $5.4 billion budget.
Cook County commissioners attended a finance committee of the whole meeting Tuesday where the first of two votes to repeal the controversial Sweetened Beverage Tax was expected to be taken. Retailers earlier this year unsuccessfully sued the county with a lawsuit that claimed the tax was unconstitutionally vague, hard to implement, and unlawful because similar beverages were taxed differently. The repeal measure still would face a final vote before the board on Wednesday. The law went into effect on August 2 after a judge dismissed a suit by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) alleging that the tax was unconstitutional.
"As I noted last month, the difficult fight for this revenue has focused me on what matters most: doing the hard work necessary to build a healthier, safer and more efficient Cook County".
County Finance Committee Chairman John Daley, who had supported the tax, said it was his responsibility to listen to the overwhelming opposition by his constituents to the tax.
Unlike other cities and counties that have passed soda taxes in recent years, Cook County was arguably cursed from the start. "We look forward to tomorrow's vote by the Cook County Board". "Now, together, we must chart a new course toward the eighth consecutive balanced budget of my tenure as board president".