Wednesday, May 03, 2017
With votes still waiting to be counted supporters of the sugary-drink tax have conceded the election in what is turning out to be a lopsided defeat.
The city ballot measure would have levied a two-cents-per-ounce tax on distributors of sugary drinks; revenue from the tax would have expanded early childhood education in the city.
Early unofficial results, around , from the city clerk show 63% voted against the ballot measure, while 37% voted for it.
The New Mexican will soon have district-by-district voting data, as well as expanded coverage of the decision, on its homepage, santafenewmexican.com.
The vote brings to an end a brief but hotly contested special-election campaign that drew millions in out-of-state donations and a spotlight to Santa Fe, the latest progressive outpost to consider such an initiative.
But unlike Philadelphia, Berkeley, Calif., and others, Santa Fe turned it down, suggesting resistance to what opponents said was a regressive and unfair tax, targeting lower-income families.
Opponents of the proposed tax argued it would discourage the purchase of sugary drinks and thus imperil the revenue source for the proposed prekindergarten expansion.
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