Seattle City Hall, expanded to house the homeless after a ‘head tax’ flop

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Seattle backs new tax for large companies

The city has to help face newly imposed taxes, the efforts to combat homelessness; Dan Springer reported on the outcry led to the reversal.

Seattle legislator, after he was put under pressure by managers to repeal a controversial tax to the city of the homeless problem, you have a brand new plan to turn the town hall of the lobby in a homeless shelter.

The Seattle city Council decides to approve unanimously the Assembly, a plan to increase the number of case and protection units of 25 percent. With a Supplement of 100 rooms in the city hall.

“When people mayor Jenny Durkan said the access to protection, they are more likely to be to the advantage of services such as behavioral health, health services and employment support, and then go to permanent housing,” said in a statement. “We all must contribute to solutions for this crisis, which is the reason why we have the opening of the City Hall [to] more people every night.”

KOMO News reported that the homeless housed in the lobby, in the shelter of the salvation army. Staying is next to a night shelter in the building with capacity for 60 people. The outlet reported that the plan will cost $13 million.

The lobby of Seattle City Hall.


Seattle, the legislature is still struggling to deal with the homeless problem. In a press release announcing the move, Durkan’s office said that, while Seattle 2,032 shelter spaces at the moment, you are more than 90 percent full every night.

The move comes shortly after the Council voted this month to repeal a “head, it was expensive,” controversial only a month.

The tax would have taxed companies with at least $20 million in gross sales of about $275 per full-time employee per year. Of the estimated 48 million dollars would have brought, was provided for the accommodation and homeless shelters.

This proposal has considerable criticism of Amazon and Starbucks, Amazon released a statement that the tax would lead to rethink the future growth in the city.

“The city has no revenue problem – it is an expenditure-efficiency-problem,” Drew Herdener, Amazon vice president, said in a statement. “We are very uncertain whether the Council of the city of the anti-positions or spending inefficiency will change for the better.”

The Associated Press reported that the Seattle region had the third highest number of homeless people in the United States, despite the city spending $68 million to combat homelessness in the last year.

Adam Shaw is a political Reporter and occasional opinion writer for He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

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