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Council continues to work on income tax ordinance, up to a point

 

Last Wednesday the City Council held its first committee hearing on the proposed income tax bill as introduced. This coming Friday they will hold another meeting to start considering amendments. They hope to have the whole thing wrapped up and passed into law by the middle of July – even though the city’s understanding of how to implement it is far from complete. The Council members know that, and they’re fine with it.

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Income tax bill introduced: some things fixed, but still problems

Last week I wrote a long post detailing several problems with a draft of the proposed income tax ordinance. This afternoon, Council members Lisa Herbold and Kshama Sawant officially introduced an updated draft into the Council’s legislative process. They addressed some of the issues I raised, but others remain untouched and are still problematic.

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Council has a new plan for funding switch to 2-tier school schedule

This afternoon the Council avoided a showdown on a controversial proposal to use Families and Education Levy surplus funds to pay for the Seattle Public Schools’ switch to a two-tier schedule.

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Showdown this afternoon on funding school switch to 2-tier schedule (UPDATED)

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This afternoon the City Council plans to decide whether to divert $2.3 million of surplus funds from the Families and Education Levy to cover Seattle Public Schools’ busing costs for switching from a 3-tier to a 2-tier schedule. And the debate is getting ugly.

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