Chicago Repeals 'Soda Tax' After Just 2 Months

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The only two commissioners to vote against the tax were Evanston Democrat Larry Suffredin and Chicago Democrat Jerry Butler.

"This shows that momentum is swinging against beverage taxes", said William Dermody, vice president of media and public affairs at the American Beverage Association, a representative of soda companies who fought the tax.

"It means we will have a $200 million hole in our budget and we're really challenged in terms of delivering health care services, and our criminal justice reforms", Preckwinkle said in an interview with the Herald Tuesday. They also said that the tax would've helped combat sugary beverages.

David Goldenberg, a spokesman for the anti-tax coalition, told Fox News that one problem with the tax was that similar beverages would be treated differently depending on how they were packaged.

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Healthy Food America's executive director Dr. Jim Krieger said that Cook County's success in repealing the sweetened beverage tax was unique to state's tax legislation; and that it would not stop the momentum of other taxes that have taken effect across the U.S., including Philadelphia and Seattle earlier this year.

The Cook County Board voted 15-2 to end the tax starting December 1.

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.

The 15-2 vote reflected the overwhelming opposition the tax faced among Cook County residents. Preckwinkle said in a statement after Tuesday's vote that she was "disappointed".

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