The vote to kill the $275 per-employee tax — less than a month after the council approved it — represents a victory for Amazon and the other big businesses. Mayor Jenny Durkan is expected to make the repeal final by signing it into law.
Update, 2:30 p.m.
Roughly two hours after the City Council took up the proposal to repeal the head tax — less than a month after the council approved the tax of $275 per employee — the nine-member board voted to pass the measure.
The vote to kill the tax represents a victory for Amazon and the other big businesses that would have paid it and have been funding a referendum campaign against it.
Mayor Jenny Durkan is expected to make the repeal final by signing it into law.
Read how the meeting unfolded here.
Update, 2:13 p.m.
The City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to repeal a controversial head tax on large employers.
Update, 1:17 p.m.
The public comment period is over. The City Council now moves toward a vote. Watch the latest here:
Update: 12:50 p.m.
City Council President Bruce Harrell moves to close public comment, while the crowd chants “Let us speak” and “Repeal Bruce Harrell.” Public comment continues for 30 minutes ahead of an expected vote.
Update, 12:07 p.m.
The Seattle City Council is meeting now to consider repealing a head tax on big business. City Council President Bruce Harrell says there will be 20 minutes of public comment to begin.
Update, 11:30 a.m.
Tim Harris of Real Change says a gong is being rung 6,320 times this morning, to represent the 6,320 people sleeping unsheltered in King County during a one-night count this winter.
Update, 11:15 a.m.
Councilmember Kshama Sawant calls out Mayor Jenny Durkan at a news conference ahead of the head tax vote at City Hall.
Update, 10:24 a.m.
The City Council plans to vote in a special meeting at noon Tuesday on repeal of Seattle’s controversial new head tax.
Nixing the tax of $275 per employee, per year would amount to a colossal flip-flop. It was less than a month ago that the council voted 9-0 to pass the measure.
Mayor Jenny Durkan and seven of nine council members expressed support Monday for repealing it.
Social-justice advocates and homeless-services providers planned to rally at City Hall before Tuesday’s meeting.
The tax on the city’s largest employers is supposed to take effect in 2019 and collect about $47 million per year for five years, to fund low-income housing and homeless services. Durkan and the council have no immediate backup plan for raising that money, they said Monday.
Amazon, Starbucks and other businesses have been funding a signature-collecting effort to qualify a referendum on the tax for the November ballot.
The deadline for submitting the signatures is Thursday.