The City of Albany will be suspending the requirement to file and remit Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Tax for the duration of the Local Emergency proclaimed by the City Council on March 16, 2020. A notification will be sent at the end of the emergency period and businesses will have 45 days to file and remit taxes at that time. If a business has the resources to file and remit during this time, returns are still being accepted.
Ballot Measure O1 was approved by the voters as part of the November 2016 General Election for a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage General Tax.
The measure approves City of Albany Ordinance 2016-02, and enacts a one cent per ounce general tax, with no expiration date, on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages and sweeteners used to sweeten such drinks, but exempting:
- Sweeteners typically used by consumers and distributed to grocery stores;
- Drinks and sweeteners distributed to small retailers;
- Milk products, 100% juice, baby formula, alcohol, or drinks taken for medical reasons.