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S.F. eyes alcohol tax to recover health costs
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco would be the first local government in the state to impose a booze fee intended to recover health care costs associated with alcohol abuse now covered by taxpayers.

The fee, expected to generate more than $15 million a year, would cover such expenses as ambulance transport to the emergency room for public inebriates, unreimbursed hospital and clinic services for alcohol-related accidents and diseases, and Department of Public Health-funded programs aimed at preventing and treating alcoholism.