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Commissioner says complete sales tax rollback possible
By Rob Olmstead | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 4/22/2009 12:01 AM

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Cook County Board Finance Chairman John Daley isn't making any promises, but he's considering signing on to a complete rollback of the 1 percent sales tax increase.

At a minimum, he said Tuesday, he's committed to voting for Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's proposed quarter-point rollback, but he signaled he's open to two other proposals.

The first would rollback the entire point over four years in quarter-point increments. The second measure, sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica, would roll back the entire point in one fell swoop.

"Everything's on the table," said Daley Tuesday. "Tony's (proposal) is not out of the realm either."

Daley - who voted for the tax increase initially - represents the crucial vote on the matter, because the incremental one-point rollback currently has eight other votes and needs just one more to pass.

Stroger could still veto any rollback greater than the quarter-point he has proposed, but would face enormous pressure to go along with any rollback the board passes.