Seattle settles head tax open meetings suit for $35K

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging the City Council broke Washington’s open public-meetings law in its sudden repeal of a tax on big businesses two years ago. The Seattle Times reports in exchange, open government activist Arthur West has agreed to drop his case. The agreement, under which the city admitted no wrongdoing, brings to a close litigation spawned by the council’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering with Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office to scuttle the so-called Employee Hours Tax a few weeks after passing it in mid-2018. A spokesman for City Attorney Pete Holmes said the city “concluded a settlement would cost several times less than continuing to litigate.”