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Aug 25, 2012 10:28 AM by Matt Stafford

Aspen paper bag fee generates thousands of dollars

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A 20-cent fee that customers pay for each paper bag they use at Aspen grocery stores has generated thousands of dollars.

The fee took effect May 1. The Aspen Daily News reports the fee brought in about $3,950 in its first two months of existence, representing about 19,750 paper bags.

Grocers haven't said how many bags their customers used before the fee was enacted, so it's not clear if the fee is encouraging people to use fewer bags.

The Colorado Union of Taxpayers Foundation has filed a lawsuit challenging the fee. It argues the fee is really a tax that must first be approved by voters.

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