This latest push to axe the prohibitive racetrack verbiage marks the fourth time the city has attempted to make such a charter amendment. All of the other measures failed, including the most recent attempt in 2015. That measure lost by 1,081 votes, according to Councilwoman Sally Mounier, who backed the effort.
Healthy Boulder Kids has filed its intentions to pursue the measure, which would require distributors of soda to pay a tax of up to 2 cents per ounce on beverages with at least 5 grams of sugar.
“I’m doing this because I think it’s the right thing to do, and the timing seems to be right,” she says. “I think the (city) charter is not a place to discriminate against a particular business.”
“I think the time is not now to abolish the death penalty,” Rep. Rhonda Fields said. She brought up last summer’s mass shooting in a movie theater, which happened in her suburban Denver district.
“We certainly hope he is aware that alcohol actually kills people. Marijuana use does not,” said Mason Tvert, head of Colorado’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.
“We are going to be filing to have those ballot signatures recounted, and we are confident personhood will be on ballots this fall,” Mason said.
Before voting against the issue, Barber said she couldn’t ask voters to bear an additional financial burden in a difficult economy. While the rest of the board voted for the tax increase, that prospect seemed to weigh heavy in their discussion