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The Seattle Soda Tax Supports Health and Education

The new tax on sugary drinks provides additional funding for community programs that promote education, health and nutrition across our city and direct resources towards low income and vulnerable populations that need them the most.

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In the first five years, the tax will raise up to a $5 million contribution to an endowment for the Seattle Colleges 13th Year Promise Scholarship program. The tax will also support capital projects to construct or enhance classroom facilities for use by the Seattle Preschool program.



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



Encourages healthier beverage choices instead of sugary drinks that are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet. In other cities, similar taxes have reduced consumption of sugary drinks by nearly 10 percent.

Great news! On June 5th, the Seattle City Council put our kids first by passing a small tax on sugary drinks.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Who pays for the soda tax?

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


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.

Have more questions? Get the facts here on our FAQ page.

Join our coalition of doctors, parents, health experts and community leaders supporting Seattle’s kids! Add your name if you support the Seattle soda tax.