Cook County "pop tax" has some residents willing to shop at neighboring counties for soda

There are some Cook County residents on my social media who are willing to travel (or thinking about it) the extra mile to neighboring counties or states in order to avoid paying extra tax for their beloved soft drinks.

As of July 1, 2017, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has her wish granted in executing the "pop tax", in hopes of keeping Cook County out of debt.

Don't mistake the "pop tax" just for soda; this extra tax covers the entire spectrum of sugary drinks. The extra tax is a penny per ounce, 2-liter 68 cents, and a six-pack 72 cents. So far, the tax does not apply to sparkling or seltzer water.

To be sure, do your research on drinks that you think is sugar-free. Diet drinks are sweetened in spite of artificial sweetener. Ready-to-drink beverages such as coffees, teas, and juice drinks are applicable. If you are buying fruit juices, make sure they are 100%.

For now, Cook County residents are upset. First, it was the charge for shopping bags but we quickly got over that. Some are looking to stick it to Preckwinkle by shopping outside of the county on purpose.

This sort of rebellion won't matter because at the end of the day, who's really going to travel far to avoid paying the extra tax? Frankly, it doesn't make sense because by the time you reach the store, you have spent extra gas money you were going to pay on tax.

The only way shopping for soda and other sugary drinks outside of Cook County would work, is to really stock up and buy in bulk. To go back and forth as a way of life is senseless to me for the reason I mentioned.

If you really get frustrated, drink water and that will take care of everything. It's healthier anyway.

Question: Are you willing to travel outside of Cook County to avoid the "pop tax?"

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