Category Archives: tax

Hearing Examiner reopens hearing on Transportation Impact Fees

Yesterday, Seattle Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil informed the parties in an appeal related to Transportation Impact Fees that he was re-opening the hearing “to address a narrow question of law not fully briefed by the parties in their closing arguments.”

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Durkan vetoed the soda tax bill; here’s what happens next

Last Friday Mayor Jenny Durkan vetoed the ordinance setting new restrictions on how Sweetened Beverage Tax revenues can be spent. Vetoes are incredibly rare in Seattle City Hall, so that sent everyone (including me) scrambling to the City Charter to see what happens next. Yes, we all know in theory how it works, but the details matter.

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Council passes restrictions on soda tax and AirBnB tax spending

This afternoon the City Council passed, each by a 7-1 vote, a pair of bills that set up separate funds into which the Sweetened Beverage Tax and Short-term Rental Tax revenues must be deposited, along with stricter rules for how the revenues may be spent — despite a threat from Mayor Durkan to veto the bills.

Council member Mike O’Brien speaks at a press conference on his bill to restrict spending of soda tax revenues

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State appeals court rules against Seattle income tax, but makes things more complicated

Today the state Court of Appeals released a decision in the appeal of the City of Seattle’s income tax. While it ultimately agreed with the King County Superior Court judge that the income tax is prohibited, it did so on a completely different basis — one that makes an appeal to the state Supreme Court inevitable but messier.

Pour yourself a stiff drink; you’re going to need it.

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The Sweetened Beverage Tax spending plan is still a mess, and there’s plenty of blame to spread around

This past Wednesday, the City Council met in committee to discuss the Sweetened Beverage Tax passed two years ago. At issue is how the revenues generated from the tax should be spent.

To their credit, city officials are at least being honest about the mess they’ve created.

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