October 23, 2017
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Tax Foundation takes note of flurry of Seattle tax proposals



The sheer multitude of tax proposals coming out of the City of Seattle has caught the attention of the Tax Foundation. In a blog post last week, the thinktank rounded up seven taxes that have either passed into law in Seattle or have been proposed by the city council or mayoral candidates.

The taxes in the Emerald City, as detailed by the Tax Foundation:

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages at a rate of 1.75 cents per gallon, or $1.18 per two-liter bottle (passed June 5, 2017)

In the blog post, author Scott Drenkard notes that "this deluge of city proposals is likely to make prospective businesses wary."

For more information on tax and fiscal issues, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Eric Lohnes at 360.943.1600.



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