Seattle taxpayer survey reveals resistance to new taxes amidst budget deficit 

Apr 18, 2024
Written by WR Communications

Seattle faces a growing budget deficit, but a recent survey by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce reveals that taxpayers are opposed to new taxes to address the issue. Despite an anticipated increase in city revenues, a projected deficit of $245 million looms for next year due in part to increased wages for city employees. The survey, titled “The Index,” showed that over three-fourths of voters reject tax hikes, preferring that the city prioritize essential services, support vulnerable residents, and trim non-critical spending. 

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s proposed transportation levy, costing homeowners approximately $36 a month, faces skepticism in light of the survey’s findings. The Chamber of Commerce emphasizes the need for efficient spending, echoing sentiments shared by 80% of surveyed voters who believe the city already possesses sufficient funds for essential priorities. 

The survey’s outcome casts doubt on the approval of a proposed levy renewal in November. Despite previous voter support for measures like the housing levy, which aims to collect $970 million by 2030, taxpayers seem hesitant to further burden themselves with additional taxes. The call from the Chamber of Commerce is clear: prioritize spending effectively before considering new taxes. 


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