I just finished reading Peter Lundeen’s excellent letter to the editor about the proposed Telluride Soda Tax. I am dismayed, though, that such a well written and researched letter would overlook some important points.
First of all, my wife drinks sugar-free drinks, better known as diet drinks. Will these drinks be exempt? One of my beverages of choice when I eat out is one-half regular Coca Cola or Pepsi and one half diet Coke or diet Pepsi.
Am I going to be charged ½ cent per ounce since only half of my drink has sugar? And what about “free refills?” Will the wait person be responsible for figuring out that now if I have 2 refills, each of approximately 10 ounces which means 5 ounces of sugar drink, will I be charged an extra tax on my lunch tab? What if I switch to only diet drink after the first one? What if I put a sugar substitute in my tea? And most importantly, is this tax on drinks tax deductible since the authors feel it is medically necessary. So many questions, so little time!
– David Dealy, Ridgway