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Policy Summary

This policy creates a tax of $0.01 per fluid ounce on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages in the city.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Berkeley
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

This policy mandates establishing a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Panel of Experts to make annual recommendations to the City regarding spending priorities for the tax fund; qualifications for panel members include "experience in community-based youth food and nutrition programs," "school-based food and nutrition programs," or "early childhood nutrition education." §7.72.090(E).

Health-related goal?
Yes

This policy mandates establishing a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Panel of Experts to make annual recommendations to the City regarding spending priorities for the tax fund; qualifications for panel members include "experience in community-based youth food and nutrition programs," "school-based food and nutrition programs," or "public health programs related to diabetes, obesity, and sugary drink consumption." §7.72.090(E).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 7.72.030.

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The City Manager shall collect and receive all taxes and keep records of such. Alternatively, the City Council is authorized to have the taxes imposed by this Chapter collected by the County of Alameda or the California Board of Equalization in conjunction with the collection of other taxes for the City. §§ 7.72.040(A),7.72.050(C).

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

The City Manager is charged with enforcement of this policy. § 7.72.040(B).

Evaluation component?
Yes

The policy created a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Panel of Experts "to make recommendations on how and to what extent the City should establish and/or fund programs to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley and to address the effects of such consumption." The panel is tasked with annually reporting any available information "concerning the impact of [the distribution tax] on the "publich health of the residents of the City." §§ 7.72.090(A),(G)(4)(b).

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Berkeley, California Municipal Code, Title 7 - Finance, Revenue and Taxes, Chapter 7.72 Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Distribution Tax. History: Ord. 7388-NS § 3 (part), 2014.

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