CHICAGO — Celebrants toasting the New Year with bottled water here will have to dig deeper into their pockets come Jan. 1. Beginning Tuesday, a new 5-cent surcharge will be applied to bottles of water sold in Chicago. The first-of-its-kind tax will add about 30% to the overall cost of a case of bottled water and is expected to bring in an estimated $10.5 million in revenues annually, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Proponents of the surcharge contend that it will encourage tap water ...
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