SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Santa Fe’s Mayor Javier Gonzales has cracked down on plastic bags, and now he’s working on cutting down the amount of sugar citizens in his city consume.
Gonzales said New Mexico has a serious eating problem and in order to improve that, he’s suggesting putting a tax on certain items.
“It’s a good idea, harder to do than to say,” said Mike Farmer a visitor of Santa Fe.
There are mixed feelings about the Mayor’s resolution, “I fully agree. to do it as best you know how…I don’t know how to do that,” said Susana Tvede.
In the resolution, Mayor Gonzales is directing the City Manager to explore ways to reduce sugar intake, citing New Mexico’s obesity problem, and all the expensive health problems that come with it. He even is asking the New Mexico Legislature to enact laws; taxes are one of the ideas.
But some people in Santa Fe have questions about how this process will move forward, “What is he going to try and do? What is he going to cut back on?” said Joey Bass.
The Mayor provided this statement Friday,
When we have the opportunity to set incentives that protect public health and taxpayer dollars short- and long-term, we have to at least consider it. Over-consumption of added sugar is a real public health risk. The costs from diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more are immense. No one is talking about a ban on sugar. But there are easy and obvious steps we should at least consider to help encourage choices that save lives and save tax dollars, and that’s what we are calling for here.
– Mayor Javier M. Gonzales
The sugar resolution will be considered by three city council committees before going to the full council in December.