Parson resident’s proposal for a tax on pop fizzes out

A Parsons resident’s proposal for a tax on pop hasn’t gained much traction.
All five city commissioners on Tuesday evening voiced opinions against the idea for the one-cent per ounce tax when Mike Godbey asked about the idea he presented at an earlier commission meeting.
Godbey estimated that the new tax could bring in well over $1 million. He has proposed that the revenue go to nonprofit organizations in town. In checking with the Kansas attorney general’s office, Godbey said the Kansas Legislature would at first have to amend the state constitution if the commission approved of the idea.
“My thoughts are I don’t support it,” Commissioner Jeff Perez said. “I’m just against taxing everything out there.”
Mayor Tom Shaw said in talking to people about the tax he has found no support.

(Read more: Parsons Sun)