Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposed 5-cent bottle tax can add up quickly. For example, five 12-packs of Diet Coke can be bought on sale for $10. Sixty cans times 5 cents equals $3.

Add to that the 6 percent sales tax — 60 cents — and the total becomes $13.60. That's why I think city residents will soon find themselves buying sodas and alcohol in the county.

Dave Edington