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FOR OUR CHILDREN'S HEALTH

Expands birth-to-5 early learning programs in Seattle, giving kids the start they need to succeed. Studies show that 90% of brain development happens before age five, and kids who attend Pre-K are likely to earn more 
later 
in life.

Helps to address the disparity between white students and students of color to increase graduation rates through the following programs: promoting parent engagement, increasing outside school programs that include STEM opportunities and partnerships with Seattle Parks, mentoring, summer learning, workplace preparedness and college readiness programs among others.

INCREASED OPPORTUNITY FOR K-12

Supports consumption of fruits and vegetables by low-income families on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through Seattle’s popular “Fresh Bucks” program, introduces water bottle filling stations, and health education programs across Seattle.

The new tax on sugary and artificially-sweetened drinks will provide additional funding for community programs that promote education, health and nutrition across our city and put important resources towards low income and vulnerable populations that need them the most.

EXPANDS EARLY LEARNING

HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS

What does the tax cover?

The tax covers sugary drinks, including soda and commercial concentrates for making soda, energy drinks, sweetened juices, sports drinks and flavored waters with added sugar, and any other beverage with an added caloric sweetener that is not milk, a milk substitute, an alcoholic beverage, a meal replacement drink, or has a medical use.

Distributors of sweetened beverages and related products in Seattle will be taxed. It will not be assessed or charged to retailers.

Who pays for the soda tax?

FOR OUR CHILDREN'S HEALTH

Washington Dental Service Foundation

King County Academy of Family Physicians

The Healthy Kids Coalition is a group of doctors, parents, health experts and community leaders supporting Seattle's kids.

Coalition Members

Support the Soda Tax in Seattle

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SODA TAX

Updates

Following  Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to fund education and healthy food programs in Seattle through the soda tax, the Seattle City Council has scheduled three hearings, all located at the Council Chambers in City Hall.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SODA TAX

How much will the tax raise and what will that revenue pay for?

The tax could raise as much as $15 million per year. Funds raised by the tax will be earmarked for education, early learning and public health initiatives.

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