DC Mayor Conducts First Meeting of E-Commerce Task Force

Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams held the first meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Task Force on Electronic Commerce and Internet Technology Tuesday, where city leaders heard analysis on Internet taxation and other issues.

The USCM already had approved a voluntary pilot program for taxing commercial transactions on the Internet from National Governors' Association chairman, Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt (R), but Williams also wanted to hear from policy experts.

Wellington Webb, Denver's mayor and president of the USCM, charged the task force with recommending policy and legislative strategy to help cities approve legislation that will enable them to collect sales taxes on electronic commerce.

In addition to Internet taxes, the mayors heard presentations on e-commerce, strategies for attracting Internet businesses to cities, using technology to deliver city government services and efforts to close the digital divide.

A complete list of task force members and other USCM information can be found online at www.usmayors.org/uscm.

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