As predicted: Seattle panel closing in on plan to fund homeless aid with “head tax”

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In January I told you how the City of Seattle, which has a major homelessness problem, created a 75-person task force to solve that problem. From my post:

“The mission of the task force remains fuzzy — with a stated goal of finding solutions to “root causes,” including a lack of affordable housing and gaps in the behavioral health, criminal justice and child welfare systems that jettison people directly into homelessness.”

The City of Seattle has already allocated over $37M to address homelessness and King County has budgeted over $195M for a grand total of over $232M. But it’s never enough.

As I stated in my January blog post, “The solution now? Form a large task force which, no doubt, will recommend more new taxes.”

And, of course, I was correct with my prediction.

From Seattle Times: A Seattle task force will start wrapping up its work Thursday, setting the stage for the City Council to pass a new tax on high-grossing businesses like Amazon.

Supporters and opponents agree the council will almost certainly greenlight some version of the so-called “head tax” next month and allocate the money to combat homelessness.

Exactly how much money the tax would raise, which businesses would pay it and how the dollars would be distributed are among the details still to be sorted out.

A version of the tax almost won approval last year, but the council narrowly voted for more process instead, punting the issue to a panel of citizens and experts.

That move put the idea on the political back burner, but not for long, because the council vowed to revisit it with recommendations from the community task force and adopt a head tax (also called an employee-hours tax) or something similar by March 26.

To keep the council on track, the task force must make significant progress at its penultimate meeting Thursday, said co-chair Tony To, the executive director of HomeSight, a South Seattle nonprofit.

Underlying the debate is the knowledge that rising property taxes are “really hurting” residents and that Seattle’s homelessness crisis is “worse than it’s ever been,” To said. “People don’t want to keep talking. They want to reach a conclusion,” To said.

The $25 million-per-year-proposal rejected in November — as the council finalized the city’s 2018 budget — would have taken 6.5 cents per employee, per hour, from companies grossing more than $10 million per year (about 5 percent of all businesses in Seattle).

Serving on the task force are people from various organizations — including nonprofits that build affordable housing — and walks of life, including people who have been homeless. Also taking part are Ian Eisenberg, owner of Uncle Ike’s pot shops; Tom Matthews, president of Walsh Construction; and Jesiah Wurtz, owner of Cafe Red.

Other businesses are sitting out the panel in protest. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2,200 companies, including heavy hitters like Amazon, declined an invitation because its members saw no point in serving on a panel wedded to an idea they oppose, said Markham McIntyre, chief of staff.

Though the council resolution that created the task force leaves room for the panel to explore other “progressive” revenue tools, it says the recommendations should include an evaluation of a head tax capable of raising $25 million to $75 million a year.

“This is a sham process,” McIntyre said in an interview. “They have a predetermined outcome.”

Read the rest of the story here.


11 responses to “As predicted: Seattle panel closing in on plan to fund homeless aid with “head tax”

  1. Create panels, ta(x)sk force, explore progressive revenue tools, steal more from the people, let’s give’m a “head tax, no Vaseline needed, nice and easy, we empty their pockets and we’ll fill ours, but the underlying fact is taxes and screw the taxpayers, well the people from Seattle are used to it and so they can take.

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  2. Seattle needs to tax their people till they beg for mercy. The people outside of Seattle need to be on the lookout for criminals, the insane, and the degenerate who would seek to escape from the people’s paradise. Let us build a wall around Seattle and the other centers of social justice and televise the cannibalism that results from socialism.

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    • Wouldn’t it make sense (in a Liberal Government) for them to just Tax the Homeless enough to pay for everything the Homeless need to exist? THEY could afford it just as easily as the employed Taxpayers there….

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  3. How is it that these “inclusive” people single out a particular demographic for a tax? Seems unfair to me. If one has to pay then all should have to pay. And the same percentage too. BUSINESSES DON’T PAY TAXES. THEY PASS THE TAX ON TO THE CUSTOMER….UH.. to the tax payers.

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    • YouKnowWho . . . The lamos enacted an Art’s Tax in Portland, which was voted in by the Communist population. The monies collected provide for art in the schools, and artists. Low and behold, ALL THE PEOPLE who received either a State of Oregon pension, or a Teacher’s Union pension were absolved from paying this tax. Why you might ask . . . because it was written into their “contracts” that they would not have to pay this kind of tax, even if the voters instituted the tax. The people tried to fight it as a head tax, but the Communist Court’s did not see it that way. Approximately one half of the people now are not paying this tax . . . I know each time I get a letter from them–it goes into the recycling. Each time they attempt to phone me, and I see it is from “The City of Portland,” I just do not answer the phone. This is just my little war that I am waging on the City of Portland. Please, keep my secret–I’d hate to have them show up at my door!

      The very next thing you know, the City of Portland council will take a cue from Seattle and install something like that. They are knee deep into copying all the dumbo idea’s that come into being either in California, or Seattle.

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  4. I don’t see any mention of “jobs”. They could recoup the money they used to finance the former queer mayor’s pederastic exploits and use that.

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  5. here’s a twist:
    “Conservative Residents in Coastal SoCal County Furious After Officials Vote to Spend $70 Million on Homeless and Create Homeless ‘Tent Cities”

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    • California is so messed up…liberals tend to do that sort of thing.

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    • I can’t help smiling about that. The whole county is full of extremely rich, arrogant layabouts. On any given day you can see hundreds of them out on the freeways in their Jag’s and Mercede’s rattling their jewelry at each other.

      They need jobs and mental health places to put the crazy ones. I have never seen this approach work. With that much money they could buy most of them homes.

      They should stop exporting jobs. They could set up recycling operations and put these people to work. Just throwing money at them won’t fix the problem.

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