Amazon says it will move forward with plans for a new agency building in Seattle after the city council lashed a proposed corporate tariff by nearly half.
Amazon halted contrives for the new structure earlier this month in response to the proposed levy, which is designed to help the city’s growing homelessness trouble. The city council approved the smaller tax bill unanimously on Monday, and Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan promised to sign it. But Amazon still isn’t happy.
“We are disappointed by today’s city council decision to introduce a tariff on jobs, ” Amazon spokesperson Drew Herdener said in a statement. “While we have resumed creation planning for Block 18, we remain very apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward large occupations, which forces us to question our growing here.”
Amazon hasn’t yet decided whether to use space it leased in another Seattle building or sublease it, as it had threatened to do. Meanwhile, the company is still planning a second headquarters somewhere outside of Seattle.