How to Spend Boulder’s Sugary Drink Tax

The seven member “Health Equity Advisory Committee” will work to allocate an estimated $1.5 million expected to be generated by the end of this year as a result of the 2 cents per ounce excise tax on soda and sugary beverages. The tax goes into effect July 1st, 2017.

Kammi Siemens with the city of Boulder’s Human Services Department says that the committee’s primary focus will be to address issues of health equity.

“What they will be doing is providing recommendations on what existing programs could address expanded funding and then in 2018 we’re expecting to have almost $3.5 million in revenue from the tax which would be used to fund both existing programs as well as new city and community programs.”