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Durkan signs repeal of ill-fated 'head tax' to fight homeless crisis

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

SEATTLE - Seattle's ill-fated attempt to impose a "head tax" on the city's largest businesses died a quiet death Wednesday as Mayor Jenny Durkan signed the repeal of the measure passed Tuesday by the City Council.

A spokesperson for Durkan confirmed that the mayor signed the repeal without fanfare on Wednesday morning, ending the city's bid to force large employers to fund a $48 million war chest to fight homelessness in the city.

The repeal itself was passed in a chaotic vote Tuesday by the Seattle City Council as activists on both sides of the issue chanted loudly at a public hearing.

Durkan issued a statement after the repeal of the head tax urging the city and all of its constituents to work together on a solution to the problem of homelessness.

"We all share the same goals," she wrote. "To be successful, we all need to be part of the solution. Instead of engaging in a long, political fight, we must turn to action.

"We will continue to move forward, building a true regional partnership with business, advocates, and philanthropy."

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