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Board to decide if soda tax will go before voters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco lawmakers will decide whether a two-cent-per-ounce soda tax will appear on ballots this fall.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to put the tax before voters in November. Eight of the city's 11 supervisors have indicated they will support it.

A committee voted to endorse the proposed measure last week.

The tax on sugary drinks, including sports drinks and concentrated juice drinks, would have to be approved by two-thirds of the city's voters to take effect. The proceeds would go toward nutrition, health, disease prevention and recreation programs.

City officials have estimated that the tax would raise somewhere between $31 million to $52 million a year.

Lawmakers in Berkeley voted earlier this month to put a measure on the local ballot that would impose a penny-per-ounce tax on beverages sweetened with sugar.

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