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Appeals court upholds Philadelphia's tax on sweetened drinks

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An appeals court is upholding Philadelphia's 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, saying it doesn't duplicate the state sales tax.

The Commonwealth Court's 5-to-2 decision Wednesday backed a decision by a city judge in December.

The court majority says the beverage tax, imposed on distributors, doesn't hit the same subject or people as the sales tax.

The two-judge dissent says the ordinance that allows the beverage tax duplicates the sales tax because it can only be imposed "in relation to the retail sale of sugar-sweetened beverages."

If fully passed onto consumers, the tax is $1.44 on a six-pack of 16-ounce bottles.

City officials say the tax has brought in more than $25 million since taking effect in January but will likely fall short of projected revenues this year.

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