During a Friday meeting, a majorty of Cook County commissioners approved Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s $2.9 billion spending plan that includes<b. a $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike, a new $25 tax on each firearm purchased at the suburban gun shops — city law prohibits gun sales in Chicago — and a new tax on slot and other gambling machines: $1,000 for each slot machine at Rivers Casino in suburban Des Plaines — the only casino in the county – $200 for the video gambling machines set up in bars and restaurants around the suburbs."Her spending plan, with a few tweaks, won in a 16-1 vote The budget also calls for county residents and business owners who make big-ticket purchases of more than $3,500 outside the county to pay a 1.2 percent tax. The so-called use tax would apply to non-titled property — think televisions and appliances.Business owners and residents would be required to self-report the purchases to the county, leaving some commissioners scratching their head about whether this will bring in the $13.8 million Preckwinkle’s administration is projecting. The tax will kick in April 1."http://www.suntimes.com/news/16271259-418/county-board-appro...--Not only won't it bring in more money, but folks in Cook County (actually Crooked County) will drive a few miles, or buy smuggled in Cigs at a 10 less a carton.......and take their gambling to the next county without the rip off taxes. It will kill the cook county gun shops as folks will either buy them 'on the street' or go another few miles and save $25 or more. ...And you really think anyone is going to 'self report' taxes when they go outside the county (remember, a lot of the suburbs aren't far from the next big mall)....and buy it for 20-30-40-50 bucks less? and even think about 'self reporting' and paying more taxes to crooked county? What a joke. They'll probably wind up collecting less revenue and the 'poor' who can't afford to drive to the suburban malls outside crooked county will suffer the most paying 365 bucks a year more in cig taxes for a pack a day habit. It will soon make cigarette smuggling as profitable as pot smuggling. t
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