Santa Fe paper bag tax may be illegal

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The city of Santa Fe’s efforts to go green may be illegal.

Santa Fe passed an ordinance banning plastic bags at grocery stores starting next month. And wants to charge people 10 cents for a paper bag, to encourage the use of cloth bags. But now the city attorney says that 10 cent tax may be illegal.

There is now a bill to amend the ordinance and drop the 10 cent charge.

Its set for a vote February 26, a day before the ban goes into effect. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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