Poll: voters overwhelmingly favor local income tax ban

Poll: voters overwhelming favor local income tax ban
A new poll by the Washington Policy Center found that 72 percent of statewide voters surveyed favored a ban on local income taxes. Photo: freepik.com

During the Nov. 5 election Spokane voters approved a ban on a local income tax by roughly 72 percent. According to a new poll conducted by the Washington Policy Center, the same percentage of Washingtonians favor a ban on local income taxes. The poll surveyed 500 statewide voters between Nov. 17-21.

A 1984 state law recently overturned by the state Court of Appeals prohibits local governments from imposing an income tax. However, in 2017 the Seattle City Council enacted an income tax that quickly was met with legal challenges. The ordinance was struck down in King County Superior Court and the Court of Appeals, and now the case is before the Washington State Supreme Court.

During last year’s legislative session, Senate Majority Caucus Vice Chair Bob Hasegawa (D-11) introduced SB 5928 to remove the ban on local income taxes.

In a statement regarding the poll results, Washington Policy Center Government Reform Director Jason Mercier wrote that “it’s time to put to rest the idea of introducing income taxes of any kind in Washington.”

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