Santa Fe voters vote Tuesday on proposed soda, sugary beverages tax

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Voters in Santa Fe will head to the polls Tuesday on the soda-tax vote.

The final voting early voting tally reveals more than 7,800 voted on the proposed two-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and sugary beverages.

The city says the tax would rake in more than $7 million a year for early childhood education.

“By comparison, a total of 8,404 people voted the last time the city held a special election in 2009,” a city spokesperson said.

In that election, the city asked voters whether buyers of homes costing more than $750,000 should pay a tax on affordable housing initiatives. That measure failed.

The soda and sugary beverages tax has sparked debate. Supporters say it is necessary to fund early childhood education. Opponents, such as the beverage industry, believe it would hurt consumers.

“We believe that this proposed new revenue source is neither going to be fully absorbed by individual consumers or by the distributor.  We’ve seen these scare tactics before,” Mayor Javier Gonzales told KRQE News 13 in late January.

More than a quarter million dollars in ads from both sides have aired in the area.

The polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a list of the those locations, see below or click here.

  1.   Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo de Peralta
  2.   St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Avenue
  3.   St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail
  4.   Christian Life Church, 121 Siringo Road
  5.   Sweeney Elementary School, 4100 S. Meadows Road
  6.   Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive
  7.   Kearny Elementary School, 901 Avenida de las Campanas
  8.   Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road

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