Sacramento contemplates soda tax to combat obesity

February 16, 2011 

Would you be willing to pay a special tax on soda if the money went to keep kids healthy?

That's what a Sacramento city councilman wants to explore as the city continues to cut recreational programs as part of a persistent cycle of large budget deficits.

While the proposal by Councilman Kevin McCarty is still in the early stages, it is sure to be met with opposition from taxpayer groups and the soft drink industry lobbyists.

Any new tax on soda would almost certainly require voter approval.

The soda tax is part of a broader initiative McCarty is working on to combat child obesity in the city. Other elements of his plan include removing soda from vending machines at city facilities and developing more community gardens at city schools.

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