CHICAGO (CBS) — Three months after pushing through a plan to raise sales taxes by a penny on the dollar, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seeking some more new taxes to balance the budget next year.
Preckwinkle said she wants to extend the county’s 3 percent amusement tax to cable TV, and recreational activities like bowling and golf. The city of Chicago already charges a 9 percent amusement tax on such things.
Additionally, Preckwinkle is seeking a new county tax on the liquids that fuel electronic cigarettes.
According to budget documents provided by her office, the additional $21.8 million in revenue from those new taxes would help close a $199 million budget shortfall for 2016.