Board Recommendations

Letters and final recommendations of the Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory (CAB)

(Listed in order from most to least recent) 

Letter to City Council regarding proposed Budget Actions related to one-time 2020 Sweetened Beverage Tax Funds (November 15, 2019)

A letter to City Council in response to Budget Actions OSE-2-B-1 and OSE 2-C-1, related to the use of one-time SBT funds in 2020. 

Letter to City Council regarding the Mayor's 2020 Proposed Budget (October 17, 2019)

A letter to City Council regarding the Mayor's 2020 Proposed Budget, endorsing the proposed Healthy Food Fund and Fresh Bucks expansion and recommending alternative funding proposals for Council to consider.

Statement affirming support for the creation of a dedicated fund for Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) revenue and to clarify financial policies related to the use of SBT revenue (July 19, 2019)

A letter to City Council affirming support for the creation of a separate city budget fund to collect, track and distribute SBT revenue and to prohibit any supplantation (replacement) of existing general funds for healthy food access and early childhood programs.

2020 Budget Recommendations (June 24, 2019)

The CAB's 2020 Budget Recommendations for how to allocate available Sweetened Beverage Tax revenue, consistent with the intent of the SBT ordinance.

Letter to the City Budget Office regarding creation of a Sweetened Beverage Tax Fund (April 30, 2019)

A letter to Ben Noble, City Budget Office Director, in support of new budget legislation that would establish a separate SBT fund and include financial policies governing the use of the revenue that are consistent with the legislative intent expressed in the enabling ordinance. 

Recommendations on the public awareness and countermarketing campaign supported by Sweetened Beverage Tax revenue (April 2, 2019)

A letter to Ben Noble, City Budget Office Director, detailing the recommended scope and approach for a public awareness and countermarketing campaign supported by SBT revenue. The CAB specifically recommended Black and Latinx youth and young adults be the focus audience for this campaign and emphasized the work be designed and implemented through a collaborative relationship between a communications firm and community-based organizations.

Letter to City Council regarding the Mayor's 2019-2020 Proposed Budget (October 19, 2018)

A letter to City Council regarding the Mayor's 2019-2020 Proposed Budget, urging City Council to reject the Mayor's proposal to use nearly $6 million in beverage tax revenue to supplant general funds that support existing food access and early childhood programs and services. 

Statement on Sweetened Beverage Tax revenue higher than projected or programmed (August 21, 2018)

A letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, written in response to news that actual beverage tax revenue collected significantly exceeded the City's excessively conservative projections. In this letter, the CAB affirmed that all beverage tax revenue should be spent in accordance with the beverage tax ordinance and the CAB's recommendations. 

Supplement to 2018 and 2019 Budget Recommendations (August 21, 2018)

A letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan with additional recommendations regarding the implementation of two food access activities (food vouchers for people in the food security gap, subsidies to schools to provide healthy food) featured in the CAB's 2018 and 2019 Budget Recommendations.

Recommendations for RFPs funded by Sweetened Beverage Tax Revenue (August 21, 2018)

A letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan with structural and procedural recommendations on how to advance race and social justice through the City's grantmaking processes. 

2018 and 2019 Budget Recommendations (July 5, 2018) | Presentation to City Council's Sustainability & Transporation Committee (September 7, 2018)

The CAB's recommendations on how best to allocate the Sweetened Beverage Tax revenue consistent with the consistent with the intent of the beverage tax enabling ordinance, which is to benefit Seattle's populations who experience the greatest education and health inequities.

Memo regarding the 2018 Sweetened Beverage Tax budget provisos (March 16, 2018)

A letter to the City Clerk recommending that Council lift the spending provisos placed on the healthy food access programs and birth-to-three services.

Letter regarding communications about the Sweetened Beverage Tax (December 19, 2017)

A letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan urging the City for better communication to the public and stakeholders about the new Sweetened Beverage Tax.