This afternoon the City Council resolved its stalemate and passed a compromise “head tax.” It imposes an annual tax of $275 per full-time employee (or full-time equivalent) on businesses making $20 million or more in revenues per year in Seattle.
At least it was civil.
This morning all nine Council members showed up for the Finance and Neighborhoods Committee deliberations on the proposed head tax. Several of them offered substantive changes to the tax. They debated and voted for two and a half hours, and when the dust settled, none of the substantive amendments proposed had passed — just a few technical changes and clarifications. They then voted the bill out of committee, sending it to Monday afternoon’s Full Council meeting for final approval and a probable veto by Mayor Durkan.
Surprise! Everyone is still talking about the head tax.
Friday morning the Council will once again take up the proposed head tax, this time offering and voting on specific amendments. While we can expect some last-minute amendments, several have already been posted online. Here’s what will be up for consideration.
Despite various factions in the city lining up either for or against the proposed “head tax” on large businesses in Seattle, the City Council rolled up its sleeves today and got back to work debating the nuts and bolts of the proposal. Their goal is to finish it up on Friday and pass it into law next Monday.
Here’s what happened at today’s Council Briefing and Full Council meetings today.
Welcome to “Bizarro World” Seattle. Last night after the May Day march, the antifa “anarchists” were anything but. And today, civic discourse descended into the pit of despair as bluster, posturing, speechifying and flat-out verbal abuse displaced serious policy debate on complex issues.
It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks for the Council members involved in proposing a new employee-hours tax on Seattle businesses.
Council member Sally Bagshaw is organizing a roundtable session for businesses and nonprofits tomorrow to discuss the proposed employee-hours tax (aka a “head tax”). Her office sent me a list of who is currently planning to participate.