Policy Summary

Establishes an excise tax of $0.0175 per fluid ounce on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Background Information

State Washington
Jurisdiction Name Seattle
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an incentive for a change
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Creates a Sweetened Tax Beverage Advisory Board
Food System Category Distribute; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Low-income recipients of SNAP, children preamble section, food insecure

Health-related goal?

Health outcomes, metabolic syndrome diabetes, obesity; preamble

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Economic outcomes preamble

Includes findings?

Describes food security gap preamble

Has a stated intent or purpose?

The City finds and declares that the expansion of access to healthy and affordable food, closing the food security gap, promoting healthy nutrition choices, reducing disparities in social, developmental, and educational readiness and learning for children, assisting high school graduates to enter college, and expanding services for the birth-to-five population and their families are of the utmost importance to creating a thriving and livable city for all of the people of Seattle Section 1.

Includes definitions?

5.53.020 Definitions

Addresses implementation?

Director of Finance and Administrative Services to make rules Sec. 5.55.165

Enforcement provisions?

Director of Finance and Administrative Services 5.55.220

Evaluation component?

The City Auditor shall contract with academic researchers to complete an annual evaluation of the effects of the tax. In contracting with academic researchers, the City Auditor should consider researchers with a proven track record of rigorous policy evaluation for impacts on behavior, health, and economic outcomes. Section 5B.

Requires extra investment?


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