Navajo Nation Considers Extending Sales Tax On ‘Unhealthy’ Food
Dec 1, 2020, 6:21 PM
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation are considering a bill to extend a 2% sales tax on unhealthy food and beverages sold on the reservation.
The tribe approved the Healthy Diné Nation Act in November 2014 to tax food with minimal or no nutritional value.
The tax expires this year unless lawmakers vote to extend it.
The bill refines what would be subject to the tax, and clarifies its administration and enforcement.
The Daily Times in Farmington reports that the tax has generated more than $7.5 million over the past few years.
It is meant to fund fitness programs things like wellness centers and walking trails.