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Task force recommends Seattle business head tax to combat homelessness

Seattle City Council will again soon debate whether to impose a head tax on large businesses to combat homelessness with low-income housing and shelters, according to Seattle media reports.

A Seattle task forceĀ has recommended a $75 million a year tax. According to the Seattle Times, it has left the City Council with options about whether to impose the charge on companies making more than $10 million in annual gross revenues, or $8 million a year.

WRA has been organizing and growing the Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle to monitor this and other pending proposals before the City Council. Led by RICS Director John Engber, WRA will be participating and commenting at hearings about a head tax.

The idea is controversial. Last November, the council rejected a smaller head tax. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce also opposed the tax and sat out the task force meetings in protest.

The tax rejected last fall would have charged 6.5 cents per employee, per hours worked, on companies grossing more than $10 million a year.

For recent media reports on this issue, visit The Seattle Times and KING 5 television.

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