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Diet drinks excluded as Seattle soda-tax moves toward final City Council vote


Diet drinks excluded as Seattle soda-tax moves toward final City Council vote
The Seattle Times

Seattle City Council members moved a proposed soda tax Wednesday toward a final vote â and amended it to exclude diet drinks.Mayor Ed Murray sent legislation to the council in April calling for a tax of 1.75 cents per ounce on distributors of sweetened beverages, including sugary and diet soft drinks, among others.Under the new version of the proposed tax, diet drinks would not be taxed, small manufacturers would be exempted and medium-sized manufacturers would pay a reduced rate.The amended plan would raise about $8 million less annually than Murrayâs plan, according to city estimates.The councilâs finance committee made the changes Wednesday before voting 5-2 to move the ordinance forward.âFor me, the main object of this legislation is to reduce the consumption of this unhealthy product,â Councilmember Mike OâBrien said.

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