Philly’s beverage tax hurts!
It’s time to Ax the Bev Tax!
Despite opposition from the majority of Philadelphia residents and businesses, the beverage tax is now in effect as of January 1, 2017 – and Philadelphians are taking a stand!
Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents-per-ounce beverage tax isn’t just a tax on soda, it’s a tax on flavored juice, almond milk, bottled coffees and teas, coconut water, sports drinks, and even diet beverages.
Working families cannot afford the tax. Many residents are going outside of the city to buy goods, which has resulted in a decrease in sales. Small businesses are losing loyal customers and residents are struggling to pay for everyday items. For example, a 6-pack of diet green tea that would typically cost $4.99, now costs $6.07. Two-liter beverages have gone up a dollar, and the cost of a 12-pack of beverages has increased by more than $2.00!
This Just In
Philly! Tune in at 6pm TONIGHT as we go LIVE from a District 4 Town Hall in West Philadelphia’s Sharon Baptist Church, including remarks from business owner Jeff Brown. Don’t miss it!
Sharon Baptist Church
3955 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131
If you can’t make it, be sure to follow along for updates or catch us on FB Live at tonight’s bev tax Town Hall #AxtheBevTax
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“We plead guilty to trying to get the word out about the mayor’s regressive tax and to giving Philadelphians more tools to express their anger,” Campisi said. “And since you’re asking about it, we’re clearly being effective.”