Campaign to repeal Seattle tax files petition as precaution

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SEATTLE (AP) – An anti-tax campaign is moving forward to repeal Seattle’s tax on large businesses just in case there’s a legal issue over the city council’s recent vote to revoke the tax.

The No Tax on Jobs coalition says that “out of an abundance of caution” it turned in nearly 46,000 signatures Thursday to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

The council voted 7-2 Tuesday to repeal the tax to pay for homeless services after unanimously approving it last month.

The Seattle Times reports three lawyers sued the city Thursday alleging the council majority and Mayor Jenny Durkan violated state open meetings law by reaching an agreement before the vote.

The city says it complied with the law.

The anti-tax campaign said it agreed with the city’s legal opinion but took a cautious approach by filing its petition by the deadline.


Information from: The Seattle Times,