Seattle implements sweetened drink tax, almost doubles the price of some products

SEATTLE, Idaho — Taxes on are the rise again in Seattle, Washington.

The Seattle City Council recently implemented a “sweetened beverage tax,” aimed at taxing distributors and consumers who buy sugary drinks.

“‘Sweetened beverage’ includes all drinks and beverages commonly referred to as soda, pop, cola, soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened ice teas and coffees, and other products with added caloric sweeteners including but not limited to juice with added caloric sweetener, flavored water with added caloric sweetener, and non-alcoholic mix beverages that may or may not be mixed with alcohol or any other common names that are derivations.”

The tax rate of almost $.2 per fluid ounces may not sound like much, but ask consumers as a local Costco and the tax really packs a punch to their pocketbooks.

One Facebook user sent KID Newsradio an image of a sign in a Seattle Costco detailing how the new tax would impact buying a case of Dr. Pepper.

A case of 36, 12 oz. cans of Dr. Pepper normally runs $9.99 at the Seattle Costco.

After the sweetened beverage tax, an added $7.56, makes the new price almost $20.

“I am from the Seattle area and seeing this makes my head explode,” a Facebook user wrote to KID Newsradio. “I am an adult my mommy doesn’t need to watch over me neither does my government. It is not the governments job to tell me what I can and cannot eat or drink or punish me for doing something they personally don’t agree with.”

The same sentiment was echoed throughout circles of consumers, beverage distributors and businesses in the city.

“Are you kidding,” a Twitter user wrote. “Check out these prices at Costco now that the Soda and #SugarTax has taken affect in the Seattle area.”

The rules are tricky, though. Diet coke and lattes are free from the bonds of taxation. But, that doesn’t mean the City of Seattle will lose out on any revenue though. According to the Seattle Times, the new tax will potentially bring $15 million to the city’s coffers.

City officials say part of that revenue will go towards government programs, but how much households will see leave their bank accounts remains to be seen.