Boulder plastic bag fee gets second hearing before City Council Tuesday

Proposed budget would add 20 cent fee for bags

BOULDER, Colo. - The Boulder City council will meet Tuesday for a public hearing on the 2013 budget, including a proposal to charge 20 cents on all disposable grocery bags.

The bag fee was a compromise on an idea to ban plastic bags completely. However, the City Council felt a plastic ban would cause more paper bags to be used, which have their own environmental problems, reported the Daily Camera.

If passed, the fee would go into effect in July 2013 and would affect stores and retail outlets that sell food -- including Target.

The $256 million budget being discussed Tuesday represents and 8.8 percent increase over last year. Much of that increase comes from non-recurring expenses like transportation projects and a study on the feasibility of creating a municipal energy utility.

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