The Tax is Tax coalition campaign turned in 174,000 signatures yesterday to help qualify for the 2018 General Election Oregon ballot. Petition #31 is called the Tax is a Tax Amendment as it outlaws hidden backdoor tax increases by strengthening the 60% (3/5th majority) vote rule for all taxes and fee increases. Voters placed the original 60% vote requirement for all taxes and fees in the Constitution, but politicians found a way around it by relabeling taxes and fees as something else. The worst case example was when Gov. Kate Brown approved a $1.3 billion small business tax increase (SB 1528) last April. This $1.3 billion tax was not considered a tax increase.
The Secretary of State’s Office will now processes the petitions for their validity and should reach a decision in a matter of days.