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Cost Of Smokes And Guns Go Up In Cook County

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – The Cook County Board has approved a nearly $3 billion budget that includes a $1-a-pack tax hike on cigarettes and a $25 tax on firearms purchased at suburban gun shops.

The county’s budget passed on a 16-1 vote. The budget notably did not include a controversial nickel-per-bullet tax. The board president dropped that tax idea last week.

The cigarette tax takes effect March 1. The gambling taxes start June 1st.

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