WS Chamber Notice to Members on Tax Update

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November 08, 2017

November 7, 2017

To:  All Members of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

On October 23rd, the West Seattle Chamber alerted members to a hearing scheduled to discuss a head-tax proposal.  This proposal continues to move forward at City Hall.  This proposed new tax would impact any business doing over $5 million gross a year and would cost those employers $100 per employee.  One concern is the Council will likely increase the price per employee and/or lower the threshold for those businesses that would have to pay the tax. 

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is doing everything they can to stop this and push forward on finding an alternative solution.   Attached is their letter which pushes back on this new proposal, asks for more accountability of where funding is going and expresses concerns for how this proposal and others are written.  

If you are able/interested in signing your name to this letter, please contact:


Kyla Shkerich Blair
Policy & Outreach Manager, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce | d: 206-389-7227| c: 425-891-5519

The West Seattle Chamber leadership feels strongly that you should be aware of the speed this proposal is going and if you want to respond timing is tight. 

To be Heard by City Council on Head Tax

One of the most effective things you can do today is to directly write the City Council and state:

  • who you are,
  • what West Seattle business you represent and
  • your position with regard to the “head tax”.

The position options are:
  • support the head tax,
  • oppose it or
  • ask the Council to take more time for public review and comment and not pass it with this budget.

The best way to get a message to each Councilmember is to send the message to  It will go to each of them.