California city tests waters for soft drinks tax


Laila Kearney
Reuters
February 26, 2014

Sodas in a supermarket would be affected by

Sodas would be affected by “penny-per-ounce” tax. / Photo by Marlith, via Wikimedia Commons

A California city is to consult its citizens on whether to impose a soda tax on sugary drinks, following failed bids by other local governments to pass similar measures.

The Berkeley City Council will gauge local voter support for a penny-per-ounce tax – opposed by most of the soft drinks industry but which its backers say could help to curb obesity and diabetes – in an opinion poll next week.

Depending on the outcome, it might include a referendum on introducing the tax in a city-wide ballot in November.

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