SANTA FE — Voters in the city of Santa Fe will decide whether to impose a 2-cent-per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to fund early childhood education programs at a special election on May 2.
The vote of the councilors and Mayor Javier Gonzales to put the measure on the ballot was 8-1, with Councilor Ron Trujillo casting the lone no vote. Gonzales has been the prime sponsor of the plan.
The vote came shortly before midnight after more than 100 people spoke during a public hearing that lasted more than 2 hours.
Most speakers supported Gonzales’ tax-for-pre-K plan as crucial to improving education outcomes, expanding schooling opportunities for low-income families and discouraging sugar intake as a health benefit.