Group behind business tax repeal referendum says city needs to be held accountable
SEATTLE--The movement that pushed the fight against the big business tax is celebrating a victory with a message to Seattle city leaders.
“Today’s a great day. It’s a great day for the City of Seattle. It’s a historic day for our country,” said “No Tax on Jobs” Chair, James Maiocco.
The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday to repeal its head tax on the big businesses.
“The only reason this was repealed today, is because seven of those people who voted to repeal it are up in 2019,” said volunteer Erika Nagy.
The tax would have taxed large businesses about $275 per employee, per year on companies making more than $20 million a year
“No Tax on Jobs” was born in a pub after group leaders said they had enough with the way Seattle was heading.
“I'm like they're pushing this too far,” said Maiocco. “We don't want to do anything that's going to stunt the growth and the job prospects for our children and our children's children.”
More than a thousand volunteers collected 46,000 signatures to overturn the big business tax on the November ballot. Organizers needed to collect 18,000 signatures before this Thursday.
They were prepared to turn in those signatures on Tuesday, if the vote didn't turn out the way they wanted.
“This city is rich in tax dollars,” said Nagy. “This is not a revenue or resource issue. This is a city council that has been on a spending bender for the last few years."