REALTORS®: Help repeal Seattle’s tax on jobs

The Seattle City Council last week passed a “head tax” that requires companies in Seattle making $20 million or more in revenue to pay $275 per year per employee, to fund homeless services.

The Seattle King County REALTORS® Board of Directors voted to oppose the tax; we believe it will cause companies to slow their growth and move jobs out of Seattle. “…[I]t is a tax on jobs,” said former Governor Christine Gregoire in an article by Geekwire on May 17. “It undermines our international and national reputation.”

While the jobs created from our region’s booming economy have certainly impacted home prices and cost of living, the root of the problem is not job creation – it’s the city’s failure to supply adequate housing at all levels.

What you can do: Sign the petition

A coalition of employers has formed under the name No Tax on Jobs to collect signatures for a referendum to appear on the ballot in November. The petition needs 18,000 verified signatures by June 14 to appear on the ballot and turn the issue over to the voters of Seattle.

We are mailing official petitions to every member brokerage in Seattle. Included is a pre-addressed return envelope.

If you do not work in a Seattle office, but are a Seattle voter, we encourage you to sign the petition. Please visit for daily updates on petition-signing locations.