SEATTLE – Today, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Maud Daudon released the following statement after the Seattle City Council voted in favor of a sugary beverage tax of 1.75 cents per ounce.
“We are deeply disappointed that City Council has decided to hastily approve a tax that will disproportionately impact our small businesses, allowing for little public input or feedback. Councilmembers rushed forward despite hearing from a number of local businesses about how this tax would personally impact their livelihoods,” said Seattle Metro Chamber President and CEO Maud Daudon. “This is yet another barrier that will make operating a small business more complicated in Seattle, especially for our local beverage manufacturers, restaurants, and retail stores.”
The Chamber has been actively working on this issue since Mayor Murray first proposed the tax in his State of the City address in February. The Chamber engaged in conversations with partner organizations like the Seattle Restaurant Alliance and the Ethnic Business Coalition, both of whom, along with others, communicated the impact of this tax on their member companies—especially small and minority-owned restaurants and retailers. This is also consistent with what the Chamber has heard from members in small group meetings with Mayor Murray and Seattle City Council staff throughout this process.