Sen. Bruce Starr fights $2,000 fee on local farm stands

Bruce Starr

Salem, OR — Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) has drafted legislation to protect farm stands from a looming $2,000 fee. According to the Oregonian, Washington County farmers will likely be forced to pay the exorbitant fee as part of a proposed land-use permitting process.

“Farm stands are symbolic of Washington County’s agricultural roots, and the vital part these local, small, community based businesses play in our economy,” said Starr. “No farmer should have to pay anywhere from $500 to $2,000 in order to sell their produce their property. It defies common sense.”

Currently, farm stands in Washington County only need a building permit to operate. But because of a recent ruling by the Land Use Appeals Board, farmers must now navigate the complicated and costly land-use process in order to set up a stand.

“Why should a farmer be forced to wade through bureaucracy and red tape, just to sell berries or vegetables from their farm?” said Starr.

The 2013 legislative session is in its closing days, but Starr plans on working hard to usher a fix for Washington County farmers through the House and Senate chambers before adjournment. Starr has drafted an amendment to House Bill 2200 that would address the problem, and is working with his colleagues to pass the bill.

Please click here to read the Oregonian Editorial Board’s support of Sen. Starr’s amendment 

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  • Bob Clark

    No private party should have to deal with Land use board, not just farmers. Private property should be only be restricted in its use if it has demonstrative and absolute injury to other individuals; and if the latter, remediation via common law deliberation should be how these matters are addressed; not some twice removed bureaucratic agency oriented towards a morass of red tape.

    Re-invigorate Oregon liberty!

    • 3H

      “… and if the latter, remediation via common law deliberation should be how these matters are addressed; not some twice removed bureaucratic agency oriented towards a morass of red tape.”

      You believe that it would be better to have a system where the injured party sues for damages, after the fact, than it is to try and stop the act before the fact?

  • DavidAppell

    Good. $2000, or $500, or any amount greater than $0, is a ridiculous amount for a simple farm stand to have to pay just to be in business. These stands provide good, local, fresh food, and we need all of them we can get.

  • Leathermouth

    That’s extortion, plain and simple. Throw the bums out! (Except for Bruce Starr, who is trying to fix it

  • woolovermyface

    I have nothing against removing all fees for farm produce stands or any other private enterprise conducted on private property like Bob C is stating. I do have a huge beef with Bruce Starr promoting the expansion of the carbon offset boondoggle. By his adding this amendment he virtually assures the passage of this “increased carbon causes global climate change” foolishness. So to Bruce Starr No thanks I hope it doesn’t make it. in promoting HB 2200 a republican Hillsboro Senator is showing his true colors of liberal. By doing this you make the rest of your republican colleagues look like they are against the local produce stands if they don’t vote for carbon offset legislation. on carbon offset there is no market, so who decides what the price is and if it is the correct price. The Chicago board of carbon exchange died due to lack of interest.

    • DavidAppell

      Of course increased carbon emissions causes climate change.
      What century was your science textbook written in?

    • DavidAppell

      The Chicago board of carbon exchange died due to lack of interest.

      False — the board (which still exists, BTW) suffers because there is no price on carbon. Emitters of carbon get to pollute for free.

      • .

        Fruit cake candied Appell derides again.

    • DavidAppell

      who decides what the price is and if it is the correct price.

      Tell us, who decides the price on the Acid Rain Program market, and if it’s the correct price?

      What does “correct” mean, anyway?

      • .

        Bend over and receive your share of the Dem farce besetting US, shillgrim!

  • Ballistic45

    Tell me how politicians charging a stand owner $2000 is going to reduce
    CO2 by ANY MEANINGFUL amount.. Sounds like a bogus remedy to me… The
    only goal here seems to be justifying government theft…

    • DavidAppell

      While it’s good to see you finally concerned about carbon emissions, did anyone say this fee would reduce them? Anyone?

  • .

    Incredulous…what’s happening in Oregon and elsewhere!
    The ludicrous Fee Fernado’s robbing hoods in state legislatures that’r as jackass-inine prevalent as the illegal guest workers who suck off on US and our naive hospitality’s.

  • Bobby

    Anyone who is selling food rather than giving it away should have to pay a fee. I am hungry and am not going to work (I have a bad back) so I need my food for free.

    • .

      You’re cordially invited to glean in a David Appell orchard. He loves succors like you.

  • conservatively speaking

    They did it! Them Dem ORaDoraExplora legishooters made it official by passing over common sense and making farm produce stands subject to inane permit taxation. Fear Ye: Oregon, formerly a state of excitement, continues on an egregious pathos of incitement. Argh!

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