Subject: Urgent AAF Alert - DC Ad Tax Update
AAF DC and National Leaders:
Just a quick update on the situation in Washington, DC. At the end of the City Council session yesterday, consideration of the budget was officially tabled until 11:30 am tomorrow (Thursday), largely because of the controversy over the proposed ad tax.
The budget staff has been directed to find $18 million in new revenue and/or budget cuts to be able to eliminate the ad tax. While a substantial number of Councilmembers expressed their discomfort with the ad tax, it is no sure thing that the staff’s option will be accepted.
We know there are many advocates urging the Council to accept the budget as is, with no budget cuts and including the ad tax. It remains very important that Councilmembers hear from the advertising and business community about the importance of eliminating the ad tax. Whether you live in or out of the district please contact them TODAY. Email addresses and Twitter handles are available on their City Council Bio pages. The DC Chamber of Commerce has also created a handy tool that will allow you to email every Councilmember at once.
Thank you for your continued help with this important work.
The tax on advertising should be opposed because:
Executive Vice President-Government Affairs
American Advertising Federation
1101 K Street, NW, Suite 420
Washington, DC 20005