In its response to the beverage industry's petition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear the twice tossed litigation challenging Philadelphia's sugary drinks tax, attorneys for the city say the plaintiffs' argument that allowing the Philadelphia Beverage Tax to stand will bring on an "avalanche of local taxes replicating" the policy is false.
In a 59-page filing, the city points to an argument it made in the past when those opposed to the so-called soda tax claimed it sets a precedent for other municipalities to follow suit.
"If other municipalities propose other taxes in the future - whatever those alleged future taxes may be – those impacted will have their opportunity to challenge those taxes," the city said. "They will be able to participate in the political process, perhaps even stopping such local measures from becoming law, as Plaintiffs successfully did in Philadelphia for years."
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