The City of Lakewood, Colorado, has reportedly adopted an ordinance that will subject soft drinks and candy to a 3 percent city sales tax. The tax code change was apparently considered and approved during the city council’s August 27, 2012, meeting. The ordinance is intended to align the city’s taxation of food with the state by exempting sales of food for immediate consumption from sales tax, while taxing soda and candy. According to a news source, the change takes effect in 30 days. See ABC7News,, August 28, 2012.

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