IBWA Maintains Opposition to
Baltimore Beverage Container Tax
As previously reported in IBWA News Splash (CLICK HERE to read), the Baltimore beverage container tax proposal (Legislative File 10-0474) passed the Baltimore City Council Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development Committee on May 2, 2010, after which it was sent to the full City Council for its consideration. After stalling for nearly six weeks, the full City Council finally took a vote on the measure on June 17, and it failed to pass.
LF 10-0474 in its original form would have imposed an excise tax of .04 cents per container on distributors who supply beverages—including bottled water—in non-reusable containers under 2 liters in size. Dairy products, nondairy milk-substitute products, and any beverage containing at least 10 percent natural fruit juices would be exempt from the provisions of the bill.
After failing to pass LF10-0474, Council Member Helen Holton made a motion to reconsider the bill on June 21, and offered an amendment to impose a tax of .02 cents per container on distributers who supply beverages—including bottled water—in non-reusable containers under 2 liters.
The same day the full City Council advanced the legislation to a third reading for final passage to be voted on June 24, 2010.
IBWA has continued to work with industry allies to maintain opposition to the beverage container tax. In addition to those efforts, an IBWA action alert was sent to Bottled Water Matters signatories in Baltimore this week asking them to reach out to their City Council Members as soon as possible to encourage them to vote against the .02 cents per container tax.
Please contact IBWA’s Director of Government Relations Sarah Lashford at 703.647.4616 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any related concerns or questions.
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