Thanksgiving note from a Portland Street Tax resistance fighter

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Bob Clark – A Happy Taxpayer Association of Oregon Volunteer

I am grateful for my fellow Portland citizens who are showing resistance to City Commissioner Novick and Mayor Hales’ collectivist-like efforts at invoking a new city income tax. The surest way to prevent Hayek’s Road to Serfdom is for each of us to be skeptical, and not simply follow the spin of those who support an ever expanding slant towards collectivism. Novick and Hales continue to repeat a lie about their skeptics when they say to reporters: We are waiting for a counter proposal (to their proposal for a new City income tax).

The good citizens who took time to present public testimony at Portland City Council a week ago presented a number of different counter proposals. Economist Robert McCullough, for instance, presented a good case for a gasoline tax. Another gent, presented the Chicago style parking star purchase. These are user fees. There is also raising the priority of street repair and safety in Portland’s budgeting process mentioned by economics professor Eric Fruits (using existing, growing tax revenues).

Instead we get told by Hales and Novick to accept one of the more intrusive of funding schemes, a new city income tax, requiring hundreds of thousands of citizens to file their income tax filings with the City. Even poor folk, must file to be exempted. By contrast a gasoline tax is collected by a few hundred gasoline/diesel retailers in an already routinized, existing system. Increasing parking fees and meters would also use an existing, routinized system.

With user fees (tied to for instance gasoline/diesel, mileage, parking activity), if you don’t pay, maybe you get your car impounded; or have to find an alternative means of commuting. But with a city income tax, maybe you, yourself get impounded or harassed by a collection agency. So, Novick and Hales effectively are supporting the expansion of government force, including possible jail time or blocking access to one’s savings/checking accounts.

There are good reasons why most all cities do not have their own income tax. Yet Novick and Hales seek to bypass citizen voters and enact their street funding income tax scheme by simple Council majority.

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  • guest

    Hales bales, buoys and gulls in PDX land,
    Perhaps, a recall of ‘is dubious honor and ascot,
    To wit: Replace place ’em with Mark and Dave, teamsters,
    And ship the dorky duo off to a landfill to rot.

  • CherryAnn1000

    How about, Hales and Novick, you all in city government cut staffing significantly, close some existing city agencies that simply aren’t, nor were ever, needed, and live within your own already existing financial means? What a novel concept! Living on what we are already making and making cuts where needed. How hard is this to figure out? Perish the thought!

  • Moe

    Keep our roads open, clean and straight,
    Take this issue to the starting gate.
    Potholes are out there everywhere,
    We need more money for their care.
    So let us join hands and vote this in,
    Even if on a fairly flimsy whim.
    Because we know this one thing for sure,
    More money is needed our future to secure!

    • An’t Demz d’wayh it whiz

      Akin’ and again, Moe is Les Aucoin,
      Setting In a Dem accounting house,
      Deminished, butt still tokin condiments of,,
      Straub, Goldschmidt, Roberts, Kuloongosi and KitzhabeLouse.

  • Happy Trails

    Years of mismanagement, street $$ spent on bio-swales, bumpouts, bike paths, pedestrian bridges, streetcars that run nearly empty on MLK…

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