July 6 (Reuters) - City councilmembers in Albany, California voted to officially place a soda tax on the ballot in November on Tuesday, joining larger Bay Area cities San Francisco and Oakland as efforts to stem sugary drink consumption gain momentum across the country.
* Albany’s city council had previously voted in support of placing the measure on the ballot at its June meeting, but the Tuesday vote contained the ordinance’s exact wording
* Philadelphia approved a tax last month, which was seen as a game-changer after similar measures failed in other large cities. Berkeley, California approved a soda tax in 2014. (Reporting By Luc Cohen)