The Willamette Week is reporting that a one-cent-per-ounce tax on soda, energy drinks and other sugar-added beverages may appear on the November ballot in Multnomah County.
The paper reports that the tax is the result of an effort led by Portland Dr. Gregg Coodley to raise money for kids' health programs. Coodley was also active in the recent successful effort to ban Bisphenol A from sippy cups in Multnomah County.
If passed, the tax would generate about $35 million per year for the Multnomah County government, half of which would be set aside for after-school and P.E. programs administered at county school districts. The other half would go toward county-run jobs programs for the unemployed.
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