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Record No: CB 119002    Version: Council Bill No: CB 119002
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 7/14/2017
Ordinance No: Ord 125339
Title: AN ORDINANCE imposing an income tax on high-income residents; providing solutions for lowering the property tax burden and the impact of other regressive taxes, replacing federal funding potentially lost through federal budget cuts, providing public services, including housing, education, and transit, and creating green jobs and meeting carbon reduction goals; and adding a new Chapter 5.65 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold, Kshama Sawant
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note v2, 2. Summary and Fiscal Note v1, 3. Proposed Amendment 1 (added; 7/11/17), 4. High Income Tax Information Sheet (added; 7/11/17), 5. Proposed Amendment 3, 6. Proposed Substitute CB 119002, 7. Proposed Amendment 4, 8. Proposed Amendment 5, 9. Proposed Amendment 6, 10. Proposed Amendment 7, 11. Proposed Amendment 8, 12. Proposed Amendment 9, 13. Proposed Amendment 10, 14. Central Staff Memo (6/21/17), 15. Signed Ordinance 125339, 16. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE imposing an income tax on high-income residents; providing solutions for lowering the property tax burden and the impact of other regressive taxes, replacing federal funding potentially lost through federal budget cuts, providing public services, including housing, education, and transit, and creating green jobs and meeting carbon reduction goals; and adding a new Chapter 5.65 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
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BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The City Council finds and declares as follows:
1. Seattle is a growing and prosperous city that can offer great schools, good jobs, and healthy communities for all. However, Seattle faces many urgent challenges, including a homelessness state of emergency; an affordable housing crisis; inadequate provision of mental and public health services; the growing demand for transit; education equity and racial achievement gaps; escalating threats from climate change; and the threat of imminent and drastic reductions in federal funding.
2. Seattle's robust economic growth has created significant opportunity and wealth, but it has also increased the lack of affordable housing, which is a significant financial strain on low- and middle-income households.
3. Seattle is experiencing three-percent population growth, making it the fastest growing major city in the United States and pushing our population over 700,000, which has increased the public need and demand for City services, including housing, education, and transit.
4. Despite increased City funding and intensely focused efforts by City staff and non-profit agencies, the scope and nature of homelessness has grown and worsened since the Mayor declared a state of emergency on November 2, 2015, and the City Council ratified that declaration. There are now over 3,000 homeless students in Seattle Public Schools. The 2017 Seattle/King...

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