Budget wrap-up, Seattle Public Schools, and more…
It was a full day for the Council, and beyond passing the budget the Council members did several other things as well.
It’s going to be a busy day, but otherwise a quiet week.
Tomorrow morning, the Council will have a first discussion of an ordinance, proposed by Council member Kirsten Harris-Talley, to fill in the gaps in the process used to appoint someone to fill a vacancy on the City Council.
I can think of nine people who will be giving thanks this week that the budget is done.
On Tuesday this week, the Council voted down an employee-hours tax (aka a “head tax”). In doing so, several Council members who voted “no” voiced their support in theory for a head tax and committed to working on a process with a broad group of stakeholders to evaluate a head tax — and other progressive revenue-raising options — and come back with a specific proposal. On Wednesday, Council member Gonzalez began circulating a draft resolution to that extent, which she hopes to have the Council approve on Monday.
This morning King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl held a hearing in the case challenging the City of Seattle’s income tax on annual income over $250,000. And it was a protracted, two-and-a-half hour affair.
Sorry for the late post today… I was sitting in the income tax court hearing this morning. More on that later.
This morning the Council’s Committee on Civic Arenas met to discuss the proposed MOU with Oak View Group for renovating Key Arena, and in the end the moved it a big step forward.