City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget that increases taxes on DC businesses already challenged by COVID-19. Despite Mayor Muriel Bowser’s caution that it would be “foolhardy to raise taxes this year,” the Council approved a budget with a 10 cent increase in gas taxes, lowered the threshold for imposing real estate taxes and included a new 3% tax on advertising within the District. The budget requires a final vote (scheduled for July 21) before it is formally adopted. In response, a business coalition created a portal for individuals and businesses to advocate a more balanced approach before the July 21 second reading and vote. Similarly, the Seattle City Council is advancing a $214 million annual tax proposal that targets businesses with employees with higher incomes. Presently, the “Jump Start Seattle” proposal would tax bigger companies with revenue of $7 million or more for salaries paid in excess of $150,000. The proposed tax would range between 0.7 – 2.4%. San Francisco has a new tax proposal that will go before the voters in November. The “Overpaid Executive Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance” will, if approved by the voters, impose and additional progressive tax of 0.1 percent of taxable gross receipts for an executive earning between 100-200 times more than the average employee and would rise to as much as a full point for incomes 900 to 1000 times median salary.  And in New York City, believe it or not, Mayor de Blasio actually signed an ordinance that provides a little bit of tax relief to some businesses, albeit a very limited group, hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. He recently signed Measure 1964-A, which reduces the 18% interest rate on nonpayment of taxes to 7.5% for certain properties from July 1, 2020 to October 15, 2020 for FY21 property taxes