CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is trying to convince commissioners to go along with a one cent increase in the sales tax.
Preckwinkle wants the tax increase to fund pensions and balance the county’s upcoming budget.
Preckwinkle campaigned in 2010 in opposition to a one cent tax increase adopted in 2008 by the county board. After winning, she moved to roll back the tax, eliminating it in 2013. Currently, the county portion of the sales tax is .75 percent.
The Chicago Tribune reports Preckwinkle has been meeting individually with commissioners to build support for the sales tax hike.
Preckwinkle declined to comment Monday on the proposal. However, she says the county’s finance team “is hard at work looking at a number of scenarios for coping with this difficult situation.”
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