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D.C. Council Approves Healthy Schools Act, Rejects Soda Tax

The Washington, D.C. city council announced yesterday that the recently approved Healthy Schools Act will be funded by a new 6 percent tax on soft drinks.

Several Diet Coke two liter bottles.

Photo: Svadilfari (flickr)

D.C.'s new six percent tax will apply to artificially and sugar-sweetened beverages, but not beverages containing milk, coffee, juice or tea.

The Washington, D.C. city council announced yesterday that the recently approved Healthy Schools Act will be funded by a new six percent tax on all soft drinks sold in Washington, D.C., instead of using money from a previously proposed soda excise tax.

This tax is different from the previously proposed penny-per-ounce excise tax, which would have increased the shelf-price of soft drinks.

Six Percent Sales Tax

Instead, consumers will see a six percent increase on the sales receipt after the beverages have been purchased.

This will provide more money for school food in D.C., put more local produce in school meals, and establish grants to expand school gardens and increase physical education.

The six percent sales tax will apply to artificially sweetened and sugar-sweetened beverages, but not beverages containing milk, coffee, juice or tea.

The tax is projected to raise $7.92 million annually. The total price tag for the “Healthy Schools” initiative is expected to run $6.5 million per year.

Read More: DC Rejects Soda Tax But Funds Better School Food (grist.org)

Previously on Earth Eats: D.C. Council Votes For Local Food, More Exercise For School Kids

Ariel Ivas

Ariel Ivas is a summer intern with Earth Eats and a senior at Indiana University, majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing, with a minor in telecommunications.

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  • Michelle

    Shouldn't we put time and energy into teaching people to not eat these bad products rather then making money off those who continue it….because those that are using these products are the ones that are obese or have obese children that are getting the help in school or through these government programs. If we eliminate the crap you wouldn't need to find the funds to fight these issues…If everyone would stop buying this crap these companies would go out of business or be forced to change the ingredients in their products!! Make changes for yourselves and stop expecting the government to take care of everything for you!!

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