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.
KING5 reports on the effect of the City Council’s restructuring of event permit fees.
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog previews this morning’s presentation to the Council of the latest plans for the renovation of the Montlake end of the 520 bridge project.
Tri-City Herald ran an op-ed piece supporting the Columbia Generating Station.
Last Thursday the Council’s Select Committee on Seattle City Light Strategic Planning met for the third, and probably last, time to consider amendments to SCL’s biennial update to its master plan.