A proposed employee hours tax has sowed a division among Seattleites unlike any in recent memory, and not just among those employed by the 3 percent of large businesses that would actually end up paying the price.

The opposition certainly wasn’t unexpected, but the vitriolic language and anti-homeless sentiments have peaked in a way that is both unsettling and unproductive.

Do we have any doubt another head tax is going to pass in the city of Seattle? No. Will it likely end up amended from here to next week? Well, that is part of the Seattle Process.

Will a recall campaign shove Councilmember Mike O’Brien out of office? No. Will it affect his reelection prospects? Also not likely, but we’ll be excited to see the range of opponents that pop up, simmered in this anti-head tax fervor.

The city council made a smart move to avoid the “skin-in-the-game” tax on small businesses. Honestly, the added revenue, on top of what big business like Amazon would be paying, wasn’t worth it.

Small businesses are struggling enough as it is, especially when there are no protections to keep landlords from raising the rents beyond affordable levels, selling their properties and banking their checks from big developers.

Seattle is already the most expensive city in the region in which to run a business, and this is something the city council acknowledges.

Amazon was already looking elsewhere for a second headquarters before it looked like this head tax proposal would hit it for more than $20 million annually.

And, while Jeff Bezos has suspended construction on a 17-story tower development in the city, we don’t think the e-commerce giant will ever truly pack up and leave Seattle.

Amazon won’t be the only big business to pay for this head tax, but it’s getting all of the attention because that’s what it wants. It’s also more in the spotlight than any other company because Bezos has been such a tone-deaf weasel about the whole thing.

This is a man who used Twitter last year to ask what he can do to develop a long-term “philanthropy strategy.” Well, the City of Seattle has a real candidate with this head tax, which would help build affordable housing and provide homeless services. Fast-forward to just a few weeks ago, when he said his immense wealth would be best spent on space exploration. Move over, Richard Branson and Elon Musk — Jeffy needs a seat at that table.

Meanwhile, there are people living in Seattle that don’t have homes, let alone tables. Many of them are suffering from mental health issues and addiction, likely one the result of the other. They are not, as some NIMBY groups in Ballard would have people believe, all criminals and reprobates, keen on stealing the coats out of your cars or defecating on your azaleas.

Are these tent cities an eyesore? Certainly. And, whether sanctioned or not, they will continue to be a part of our Seattle neighborhoods until they are no longer needed. And the way to do that is by putting people into long-term housing.

Rather than hitting regular folks up with yet another property tax levy — several of those are already coming to a ballot near you — the City of Seattle is targeting those large companies that have profited so well here that a head tax, even of this size, would do nothing to knock these billionaire CEOs off their Forbes lists.

If these titans of industry decide to retaliate by taking out their relatively minimal losses on their employees, then the people of Seattle should start making statements with their wallets, and consider whether the convenience of Amazon is enough to let Jeff Bezos bully this city.