Disposable Bag Fee Likely
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The Boulder City Council appears likely to impose a 10-cent fee on all disposable grocery bags -- paper or plastic -- starting in July 2013.
The council voted 7-1 Thursday night to approve an ordinance establishing the fee, which is half as much as the city staff originally suggested. Councilman George Karakehian voted "no," and Councilman Tim Plass was absent.
However, council members had to change the reference in the ordinance to the amount of the fee that retailers will get to keep to cover their costs.
The ordinance said retailers could keep 20 percent of the fee. However, that percentage was meant to refer to 4 cents out of the previously proposed 20-cent fee. The council had to change that to 40 percent because the fee is now just 10 cents.
That change means the ordinance will have to come back for a fourth reading Nov. 15.
Karakehian made a last effort to persuade his colleagues to reconsider the fee and change it to a ban on just plastic bags. He said a ban
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