Bowling, golf, cable TV and ticket resales would be hit with the three percent amusement tax in Cook County under a plan proposed Wednesday by Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Her proposal also includes a new tax on e-cigarettes, specifically a 20 cent hike per milliliter of fluid for the devices.
The proposed taxes are estimated to generate annual revenue of about $22 million to help address the county's 2016 budget shortfall of $199 million.
Preckwinkle's budget plan also seeks about $108 million in spending cuts.
The new tax proposals come after the Cook County board approved a 1 percentage-point sales tax increase in July to pay for public employee pensions and other costs.