Florida Bill Includes 6 Percent Tax On Bottled Water

Senate Bill 78, sponsored by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, would put a 6-percent tax on bottled water in containers of less than one gallon, according to The News Press in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Editor's Insight: Refreshment service operators cannot afford to be complacent about this proposal, even if the state senate president says it is not going to get a hearing. The vending, coffee service and water service associations must work with the state beverage organization and make sure the lawmakers recognize that a bottled water tax will create unneeded hardships for consumers and businesses.

In the meantime, refreshment service operators must continue to promote package recycling. Sustainability remains one of the strongest concerns among consumers. 03-07-11 Elliot Maras