Measure To Tax Sugary Drinks In Question For Ballot

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DAMAGED THE APARTMENTS ARE.>A FIGHT OVER SODA TOPS OUR CAMPAIGN NEWS TODAY. BOULDERS TRYING TO DETERMINE IF THE MEASURE TO TAX SUGARY DRINKS WILL MAKE IT TO THE VALLEYÃBALLOT. HEALTHY BOULDER KIDS GATHERED SIGNATURES, BUT THE BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION SAYS IT IS WRITTEN CORRECTLY. JAMIE LEERY LIVE IN OLDER RIGHT NOW. BOTH SIDES ARGUING THEIR CASE BEFORE THE CITY CLERK. CAN YOU BOIL DOWN THESE ARGUMENTS? — Reporter: IT IS A COMPLIMENT — COMPLICATED ARGUMENT. THIS BEVERAGE COMES IN AT OVER TWO DOLLARS. BASICALLY THE COLORADO BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION, THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING THEM BEAR THE BURDEN TODAY. THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THIS INITIATIVE MISSED ALTOGETHER. IF THOSE DISTRIBUTORS ARE TAXED, THE SUGARY BEVERAGE WILL COST MORE THAN TWO DOLLARS. TRYING TO GET IT DISMISSED ALTOGETHER, BASICALLY THE ARGUMENT COMES DOWN TO THE LANGUAGE OF THE SUMMARY. THE ATTORNEYS FOR CBA ARGUING THAT THOSE 9200 PEOPLE WHO SIGN THE PETITION TO TAX SODA DIDN’T HAVE INADEQUATE SUMMARY OF WHAT THE BALLOT MEASURE ACTUALLY WAS. THEY SAY THAT SUMMARY LEFT OUT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLORADO TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS WHICH WOULD MEAN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEW TAX IF THIS MEASURE WERE APPROVED. THOSE 9200 SIGNATURES WERE ALREADY APPROVED BY THE CITY CLERK. 4642 ARE REQUIRED TO GET IT ON THE BALLOT. UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS MEASURE WOULD AUTOMATICALLY BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. THOSE WHO CREATED THE PETITION TO TAX SODA AND OTHER DRINKS SAY IT WAS CLEAR WHAT PEOPLE WERE SIGNING. NOW THE CITY CLERK WILL HAVE TO DECIDE IF THE ATTORNEYS SUCCESSFULLY MADE THE OPPOSITE ARGUMENT. WHEN YOU READ A SUMMARY EVERYONE HAS SIGNED A PETITION FOR, YOU LOOK AT THE TOP, YOU SAY ONE OF MY SIGNING THIS FOR? WE HAVE ALL BEEN IN THIS SITUATION. WE ARE SAYING THAT THE SUMMARY DID NOT TELL PEOPLE THIS WAS TO ADOPT A NEW TAX. THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE SIGNING. BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW IT, THE SHOULD NOT GO ON THE BALLOT. I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN CONFUSED. THERE HAVE BEEN PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT THE AGGRESSIVE NATURE OF THE TAX TO BE IMPOSED. I THINK THE DEFINITION OF IMPOSING AND IMPLEMENTING, YOU CAN’T IMPLEMENT WITHOUT AN IMPOSITION OF THE TAX. IT’S VERY CLEAR. BOULDER IS LUCKY WE HAVE A HIGH LITERACY RATE. I DON’T THINK IT WAS CONFUSING. Reporter: JUST TO BE CLEAR, THE TAXES ON DISTRIBUTORS, TO CENTS PER OUNCE. THAT WOULD GREATLY IMPACT THEM. THE CLERK WILL TAKE WHAT SHE

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