Recently released public records show the Seattle City Council disregarded its own legal advice when it approved an income tax for wealthy residents in 2017.
A King County judge invalidated the tax later that year. The case is currently scheduled for oral arguments in a Court of Appeals in June of this year.
The Washington Policy Center reports that city lawyers concluded Seattle must seek a state constitutional amendment to approve an income tax. The city did not request such a change before it approved the tax and is relying on a court to determine its fate.
The records were released earlier this month as part of a settlement in a public records lawsuit brought by the Washington Policy Center. Read more.