STATEWIDE — Some lawmakers want to pass a bill that would impose a tax on commercially bottled water.
The bill imposes five cents per gallon on the extraction of groundwater or surface water on commercial bottling for sale.
A manufacturer will draft a return each month to an assessor with details of how many gallons that company extracted each month. A woman from the Retail Association of Maine said she believes it is unfair to place a tax like this on Maine businesses.
“This discriminatory tax will place Poland Springs at a significant disadvantage to their competitors such as private label water sold in wholesale clubs and big box stores which have no direct economic link back to our state. This tax may very well price Maine products out of the market especially when considering the geographic location and cost for further distribution,” said Amy Downing, program and membership manager of Retail Association of Maine.
The bill will head to a work session in a few weeks.