Councilman Darrell Clarke plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to tax some tobacco products in the city. He said the tax would be levied as part of a business’ gross receipts tax and could raise $6 million annually.
That amount isn’t nearly enough to plug the projected $150 million budget hole, but Clarke said every little bit helps. The bill would impact cigars, chewing tobacco and rolling papers -- but not cigarettes, he said.
"An overwhelming majority of council members will support this measure," Clarke said. "It’s at a point where we’re trying to find any measures we can find consensus on."
Nutter proposed an annual $300 per household trash fee and a 2 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages to close the projected $150 million budget gap. The “soda tax” -- which the administration is also billing as a public health initiative -- would be charged as part of retailer’s business tax and they could pass it on to consumers.