Lawsuit against Seattle over head-tax meetings moves forward

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit contending Seattle’s City Council broke the state’s Open Public Meetings Act before its abrupt repeal of the head tax on large businesses should be decided at trial, but the council’s public vote killing the tax will stand.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Bradshaw on Friday rejected plaintiff James Egan’s argument for summary judgment that asked the judge to rule the evidence that’s emerged in the case proves the council broke the law.

The Seattle Times reports that instead, Bradshaw will allow the case to be decided at trial.

The council voted 7-2 in June to repeal the tax to pay for homeless services after unanimously approving it in May.

Three lawyers sued the city alleging the council majority and Mayor Jenny Durkan violated state open meetings law by reaching an agreement before the vote.

The city says it complied with the law.