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

Apr 24, 2019
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Written by Washington Retail
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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.