SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A proposed soda tax is one step closer to becoming reality in Santa Fe.
Just before midnight, Santa Fe councilors voted eight-to-one to put the controversial soda tax measure on the ballot during a special election in May.
If approved by voters, the law would impose a tax of two-cents-per-ounce of soda, adding 24 cents to the price of a can of soda for distributors. The estimated $7 million raised each year would support early childhood education programs for 1,000 children, ages 3 to 4-years old, in Santa Fe.
In a packed city council meeting–people on both sides of the issue spoke out.
One thing both sides agreed on was the need to provide a quality education for pre-k students.
In the past, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe has said that it would have to close its doors if the tax were to go through.
That measure will now be on the ballot come May 2 during a special election.