Cook County New Pop Tax starts July 1.
The Cook County Board approved a new penny-per-ounce tax on sugary and artificially sweetened beverages in November and it goes into effect July 1.
If you think you’re exempt think again. It’s not just all the naughty sodas we all try to avoid. It applies to a giant list of beverages that many people think are healthy/healthier but contain sugar or artificial sweeteners such as Gatorade, San Pellegrino, some bottled waters, many fruit juices, coffees, teas and more. Even drink mixers like the Goya nectars I use to make flavored adult beverages will be going up.
DNAinfo published this list. It’s not clear whether powdered drinks apply. The list says it does but other sources say no.
100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, milk and milk substitutes, infant and medical use formulas.
At one cent per ounce a 12 oz can will go up from $.99 to $1.12. The two liter bottle of Diet Coke I purchased yesterday on sale for a $1 will increase by 67 cents.
Stock up now
If there’s something you enjoy you may want to do some stocking up soon. I don’t know what the soda tax is now – it may be 13% but after July 1 these beverages will be even more expensive.