Via Seattle PI:
After months of withholding its release, Seattle city government released the 2016 income from the newly implemented gun safety tax, conceding that it came up well short of its forecast when the ordinance was passed by the City Council in 2015.
The tax, championed by City Councilman Tim Burgess, was purportedly intended to help pay for gun violence research conducted at Harborview Medical Center. It placed a tax on each firearm and round of ammunition sold within city limits.When it was approved, the city finance agency predicted it would collect $300,000 to $500,000.
The official spoils in its first year: $103,766.22.
More than 80 percent of that was contributed by Sodo's Outdoor Emporium, whose owner has complained of plummeting sales since the tax was imposed in January 2016.
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