a soda a day keeps the tax man away
But lets see what that math looks like.
to get $25,000,000
at 2 cents per ounce that equates to 50 ounces per $ of revenue =
1,250,000,000 ounces per year to be taxed
300,000 people in the city =
4,167 ounces per person per year
12 ounces per can
347 cans consumed per year or equivalent
365 days per year =
0.95 cans of pop per day per person from every living Pittsburgher, infant through seniors, throughout the entire year. And all bought from taxable sources don't forget.
OK.. at least that seems reasonable. Certainly more in the realm of possibility than the great Ho Ho metric which turned out to be incorrect anyway. There is this little thing called price elasticity that I suspect folks are ignoring. We will have to bring back Border Guard Bob to stop the secret smuggling of soda from outside the city. Probably need to include the Coast Guard to block the rivers as well. Big vats of soda could be hidden on those coal barges I suspect.
What's next... taxing the perogies?