Peraica To County Board: We Need Tax Relief
By Kevin Robinson in News on Jul 23, 2008 5:30PM
Cook County Commissioner and State's Attorney candidate Tony Peraica called on the county board to rescind the one percent sales-tax hike, only to get beat down by Bill "Hog Nuts" Beavers. In a press release, Peracia said:
This destructive tax was passed last February by only one vote. Instead of raising taxes on the suffering taxpayers of Cook County, we need to cut spending by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars. We hope to convince two additional Commissioners to change their stance on this important issue. The ordinance, if passed, will still allow the county to collect $200 million to use to pay off its borrowing - which I voted against - and fill the 'budget gap' for fiscal year 2008.Almost immediately after introducing the resolution, Beavers called a vote. The County Board voted 10-7 to reject the proposal.
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger defended his actions after the vote, saying "you know what I'm doing? I'm doing what's best for the people, and until this place falls apart, I'm going to say I'm doing a damn good job."