SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)- The mayor of Santa Fe wants to impose a soda tax. The tax would mean millions of dollars a year to provide Pre-K for more than a thousand kids, which could also produce a few hundred jobs.
There are still a lot of kinks to work out before the proposed law is complete, but the mayor thinks the public will sign off on this tax.
“I’m definitely in favor of that just because I think soda is one of the most unhealthy things you can possibly do to your body,” said a Santa Fe resident.
The two-cent tax would cover soda and other sugar drinks. The money would go towards early learning opportunities for children from birth to the age of four.
“No matter what neighborhood you’re born in, what your social or economic background might be you will have and should have access unlimited access to the American dream,” said Mayor Javier Gonzales.
The Mayor’s office is working on creating an ordinance that will be presented to the council, to then decide if it will move to a public vote. Gonzales said if the tax is approved they anticipate it bringing in $10 to $11 million.
Santa Fe would be the ninth city in the country to create this tax. They hope to have public hearings in January.
Some of the cities with a soda tax include New York, Boulder and Oakland.