About the Tax Investments

Seattle's Sweetened Beverage Tax was designed to improve the health of Seattle residents by reducing the sales and consumption of sugary drinks. In addition, the tax revenue is dedicated to important programs that increase healthy food access and support child health and early learning.

Proceeds from the Sweetened Beverage Tax are spent in accordance with City of Seattle ordinances (Ord. 125995, § 1, 2019; Ord. 125886, § 2, 2019; Ord. 125718, § 1, 2018; Ord. 125324, § 3, 2017.) For more information, see the Seattle Municipal Code 5.53.055 - Sweetened beverage tax-Allocation of proceeds.

Revenue Allocation Information

Since 2018 when SBT revenues were first collected, the Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board has ensured the funds are allocated to priority areas in accordance with the SMC 5.53.055. Follow the links below for more information about how SBT revenues are allocated:

  • The 2021 Financial Plan for the Sweetened Beverage Tax Fund (Click here, see page 5 of the PDF)
  • An overview of programs and services supported by SBT funds is described in the (Click here)
  • The CAB's 2020 Annual Report (Click here, see Chapter 4)

Materials

For more information about the Sweetened Beverage Tax and the tax investments, view the materials below.

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