Albany did it! Measure O1 won by 71% of the vote.
Thanks Albany voters! and special thanks to all who contributed to this effort by canvassing, dropping literature and donating!!
The Measure will go into effect in 2017 - taxing distribution of sugary drinks. This will mean an estimated $220,000 in revenues per year to use in Albany on programs such as health, nutrition education, parks and recreation. Look for more information in early 2017 about the community process to advise our City Council on programs to fund.
The Problem: We Face a Serious Health Crisis
One-third of all children and nearly half of African-American and Latino children are predicted to develop diabetes in their lifetimes. Evidence points to Sugar Sweetened Beverages as the leading culprit. Soda and other sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet, and are linked to increased risk of obesity and diseases such as diabetes, heart and liver disease, and the most common chronic disease among children, tooth decay. Click here for more info.
We can save lives with strong public policy combined with education and local programs to combat the negative effects of sugary drinks.
Distributors of sugary drinks in Albany will pay one penny per ounce - not you - and small businesses will be exempt. Support us now to turn this health crisis around!
The Albany Soda Tax is supported by the Mayor and Council, School Board Members, American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, CA., Albany doctors and dentists, and many others. View all endorsements here.
We still have $2000 of campaign debt to fund. Will you help us? Every donation helps.