Voters in the San Francisco Bay area city of Richmond will have an opportunity to vote on a proposal to tax soda as well as other sugary beverages.
The City Council cast a 5-2 vote on Tuesday to put the soda tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot. The financial gain from the penny-per-ounce tax would go to soccer fields, school gardens and programs to treat diabetes and fight childhood obesity. It could raise between $2 million and $8 million.
Councilman Jeff Ritterman, who proposed the measure, stated that soda has no nutritional value.
But Councilman Corky Booze, who cast his vote against it, stated it would not stop people from drinking soda and impose an additional financial burden on the poor.
The tax will apply to soft drinks and other beverages with added sugar such as Snapple. Diet sodas and majority of juice would be exempt.
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