For the past several weeks the Monday afternoon Full Council meetings have been pretty tame affairs, with not a lot of legislation of substance up for approval. That streak ends tomorrow. Oh, and the committee meetings this week are equally full of important legislation and presentations.
Lots of housing-related news today.
Wednesday the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee approved an increase to the B&O tax, and a revised business license fee regime. The B&O tax was straightforward; the business license fee took more time and re-work.
Wednesday morning the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee continued its discussion of how to deal with the explosion in short term rentals.
The Council has a lot of oars in the water right now, and it’s showing up in the news coverage…
We have a new 520 Floating Bridge, and a year from now we’ll have have half of a new approach on the west side. But there’s much more to come, and the Council got a briefing on the plans yesterday morning.
Good morning! If you’re not following #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes on Twitter today, you’re missing out. My favorite: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
On to the news…
The Mayor and Council have updated their proposal for regulating short-term housing rentals, based upon negative feedback they received from their first proposal.
Initiative 124, which provides several kinds of protections for Seattle hotel workers, has been certified by the City Clerk that it has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Getting it from here to there, however, sent the Council off into a cloud of confusion today.
Some quick hits from this morning’s Council Briefing, mostly about new legislation about to be introduced.