Richmond City Council OKs Soda Tax Measures for Ballot
On Tuesday, the Richmond City Council voted 5-2 to put on the November ballot a pair of soda tax measures that seek to curb the city's high child obesity rate. The first measure proposes a 1-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, while the second would advise the city council to use the tax revenue for sports and health education programs for local youths. If approved, the soda tax would be the first of its kind in the U.S.Â
- "Richmond To Place 'Soda Tax' on November Ballot" (Rogers, Contra Costa Times, 5/16).
- "Richmond Voters Will Decide on 'Soda Tax'" (Aliferis, "State of Health," KQED, 5/16).