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Multnomah County Soda Tax Supporters Postpone Vote On Measure


Although supporters of a Multnomah County tax on sugary drinks say they have enough signatures to place the measure on the May 2018 ballot, they now think ta vote in November 2018 or later might be to their advantage.

Although supporters of a Multnomah County tax on sugary drinks say they have enough signatures to place the measure on the May 2018 ballot, they now think ta vote in November 2018 or later might be to their advantage.

Pamplin Media

The campaign to tax sugary drinks in Multnomah County has delayed its proposed ballot measure from May 2018 to November 2018 at the soonest.

The Coalition for Healthy Kids & Education had scheduled a press conference for Monday to announce it had collected more than the required 17,381 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.

But the coalition postponed the press conference and signature filing to assess whether a later election date would increase the chances of the measure passing. The decision came after Democratic candidates swept recent special elections in Virgina and Washington.

“Because of shifting political currents, the Coalition for Healthy Kids & Education has decided that focusing on a higher turnout election will maximize our chances of success. While this means we won’t be on the ballot in May 2018, we will continue our strong grassroots campaign over the next year, with a close eye on the congressional election in November 2018,” said campaign manager Terri Steenbergen.

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