Seattle Business Owner Challenges Mayor’s Proposed Soda Tax

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Jason Chulack Reporting Intern
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An owner of a Seattle burger joint is not thrilled about a proposed tax on soda and sugary beverages, NBC’s KING 5 reported Monday.

Ryan Hopkins, owner of Burger Boss Drive-in, called city hall after learning that the proposed soda tax could make his large soda cost as much as $5. When Hopkins didn’t receive a response, he displayed a message outside his restaurant which reads “HEY MR MAYOR $5 SODAS? UR POP TAX SUCKS!”

Hopkins also reached out to Mayor Ed Murray but has yet to hear back. He posted the sign in hopes of starting a conversation with the mayor and the community, and fears that the soda tax may steer customers away towards neighboring cities that don’t have the tax.

“It’s a fairly large, and in my opinion, inappropriate tax on just one beverage or one sugar product when there’s so many other ones out there,” Hopkins told KING 5.