Dufty to back state booze fee bill

Supervisor Bevan Dufty is expected to introduced Tuesday a resolution supporting state assembly bill 1019.

The bill, introduced by assembly member Jim Beall, would impose a 10 cent per drink surcharge on wholesales located in California who distribute alcoholic beverages to retailers for consumption in the state. The surcharge shall be based on 1.50 ounces of distilled spirits, 12 ounces of beer, and 5 ounces of wine.

The fee is based on such facts that alcohol related problems cost about $38.4 billion a year, including such costs as health care and criminal justice, according to the draft resolution. For example, the San Francisco Fire Departments estimates it spends $78,000 per day on alcohol related response calls.

Locally, Supervisor John Avalos has advocated for a alcohol fee. It remains under consideration.

 

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