City of San Francisco Sugary Drink Tax (November 2014)
|Voting on Taxes|
|Not on ballot|
This measure, which would impose a $0.02 per ounce tax on sugary beverages in San Francisco, was introduced by city supervisor Scott Wiener. The tax would amount to a 24 cent tax on every can of soda sold.
The proceeds of this tax were designed to be dedicated "to nutrition, physical activity, and health programs in public schools, parks, and elsewhere."
A 2/3rds supermajority vote is required for approval of this measure.
Supervisor Scott Wiener is the sponsor of this measure.
Arguments in favor
According to Wiener, "We are experiencing an epidemic of health problems directly attributable to sugary beverages – including spikes in diabetes and obesity afflicting adults, teenagers, and even young children. Teenagers, particularly in low income communities, are now being diagnosed with pre-diabetes or full-blown diabetes. These cases of diabetes are attributable to significant consumption of sugary beverages. A recent California survey found that sugary beverage consumption by teenagers is increasing above its already-high level."
Based on previous ballot measure campaigns, the beverage industry, with The American Beverage Association in the front lines, is expected to strongly oppose this measure and provide ample funds for the opposition campaign.
Path to the ballot
According to a fact sheet on the proposed soda tax found on Scott Wiener's website, Wiener is collaborating with Supervisors Eric Mar, Malia Cohen and John Avalos to unify proposals and get the tax on the ballot.
- Choose Health SF - San Francisco Soda Tax (Sugary Drink Tax/Sugary Beverage Tax) Website
- Supervisor Scott Weiner website
- CBS News, "San Francisco supervisors propose sugary beverage tax," October 30, 2013
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Tax on soda to be floated in San Francisco," October 28, 2013
- Reuters, "San Francisco joins sugary drinks fray with tax proposal," October 29, 2013
- The Examiner, "Opponents and supporters dig in for SF showdown over sugary-beverage tax," February 3, 2014