Seattle Council overruled its legal advice about an income tax, public records show

Apr 24, 2019
Written by wpengine

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.