A Soda Tax For Oakland?

On the ballot this November is a 1 cent tax on soda for Oakland voters that is expected to generate $12 million annually.

That’s a lot of soda being consumed. The tax dollars will go to programs that help combat obesity.

The council voted unanimously this week to approve putting the tax on the ballot after hearing pleas of residents discussing the dangers of soda and diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, drinking one 12-ounce can of soda is equivalent to consuming 10 teaspoon of sugar.

Which is a major bummer because we really like drinking the bottled Mexican sodas with real sugar for Cinco de Mayo. Guess we’ll stick with tequila for today.

Read more about the tax increase at East Bay Times.