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Love me some Diet Coke. (Lydia DePillis)

You thought the little tax increases on consumer goods in D.C. were over? Well, you’re probably right. But after getting burned this spring with the institution of a 6 percent sales tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, the American Beverage Association has started campaigning afresh, this time against a new tax they think could go as high as a penny per ounce.

Their most recent appearance: Last night’s meeting of the Beacon Brightwood Business Association, where ABA consultant Vickey Wilcher prophesized that Councilmember Mary Cheh and friends would start nickel-and-diming corner stores again. “We have reason to believe that the Council will come once again to you to say we need a further tax, over and above the six percent,” she said, warning of a slippery slope. “Today, sugar sweetened beverages. Tomorrow, what? Eggs? Bread? Milk?”

Cheh’s chief of staff, David Zvenyach, denies that anything is in the works. “Although the CM believes it’s a better policy option, there are no active plans to implement a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages,” he writes.

Of course, anything is possible in such dire budgetary times as these.