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El Monte to put proposed soda tax on ballot

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July 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
El Monte City Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to put a proposed soda tax on the November ballot.

The city is pursuing the tax on sugary drinks as a new funding source. It could raise up to $7 million a year.

Under the tax, businesses would be charged a penny per ounce on sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda.

Other cities around the nation have considered similar proposals to help battle obesity. The beverage industry says the tax would be discriminatory and makes no sense.