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BY LOGAN TITTLE
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES

 

A controversial tax on guns was approved in the Chicago area Friday. WMAQ reports the tax is part of a plan to help balance the county budget.

"Anyone buying a gun in Cook County will be required to pay an additional $25 tax. 'This is a fiscally responsible budget that reflects the values and priorities of my administration.'"

The tax has been dubbed the “violence tax and an extra $25 will be added to each individual gun purchased.

NBC News reports the decision follows one of Chicago’s most violent summers in recent years as some weekends left multiple people killed and dozens of others injured in shootings.

“The city's murder rate is up 25 percent for the year, and the Cook County Jail is near capacity with 9,000-plus inmates.”

And WLS reports other tax hikes have been approved to fill the county’s 216 million dollar budget hole.

“There’s also a $1,000 per year tax increase on slot machines … and a $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike.”

The new plan is set to go in effect April 1st.

Illinois County Plans Tax Hike On Guns

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Nov 10, 2012

Illinois County Plans Tax Hike On Guns

Image Source: WLS

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES

 

A controversial tax on guns was approved in the Chicago area Friday. WMAQ reports the tax is part of a plan to help balance the county budget.

"Anyone buying a gun in Cook County will be required to pay an additional $25 tax. 'This is a fiscally responsible budget that reflects the values and priorities of my administration.'"

The tax has been dubbed the “violence tax and an extra $25 will be added to each individual gun purchased.

NBC News reports the decision follows one of Chicago’s most violent summers in recent years as some weekends left multiple people killed and dozens of others injured in shootings.

“The city's murder rate is up 25 percent for the year, and the Cook County Jail is near capacity with 9,000-plus inmates.”

And WLS reports other tax hikes have been approved to fill the county’s 216 million dollar budget hole.

“There’s also a $1,000 per year tax increase on slot machines … and a $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike.”

The new plan is set to go in effect April 1st.

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