Lane County in multiple tax tussle

Lane County in multiple tax tussle
By Suzanne Penegor & Gienie Assink

Lane County finds itself in budgeting hot water as its costs continue to exceed tax revenues every year–thanks mostly to a lockup of O&C Lands, anti-business atmosphere of county administrators, and costly PERS in general. Some taxpayers have suggested reducing the number of Lane Co. commissioners from 5 to 3 in order to save on county expenses.

Eugene city officials are bracing for a legal onslaught regarding the number of signatures required to put a local gas tax on the ballot. Eugene already has the highest gas tax in the state. Recently City Council members enacted another increase without sending it to the voters for approval.

Local gas station companies created an initiative petition drive to get the gas tax on the ballot in order to hold these “leaders” accountable to taxpayers and taxpayer money. Shortly after the petitions were submitted, city officials rejected them stating there weren’t enough valid signatures to put the issue to a vote. Station owners are requesting a court hearing to overturn the city’s bullied decision so that voters will have a chance to decide the issue.

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    When government imposes taxes to cover it’s inefficency eventually the people will rebell against it.

    When I vote for a politician I want them to have the ability to make the hard calls. If you’re out of cash, if you or the previous person over spent it’s time to make some hard cuts not arbitrarily raise taxes and continue over spending.

    What is happening in Lane County is happening in Oregon as a whole, eventually the watseful spending and anti-business / property ownership atmosphere will crumble under it’s own unsustainable weight. Then the whole state will be in trouble!

    U don’t look forward to the next recession but it’s an eventuality , it was ugly here the lastime……….after all the waste this session the next one will be devastating!

  • Jerry

    You are so right Craw. These people could not budget their way out of a wet paper bag. The waste is horrendous. They are mad, power hungry fools who know no bounds. I detest their stupidity.

  • iop

    Lane County could be the leader for budget reform. Instead they just focre their citizens to bail them out like a crazy uncle with a gambling problem.

  • Bob Mulroy

    There is such a culture of inefficiency in both county and city government. Anyone with a spine and a nickel’s worth of good sense could improve it.

  • Jerry

    Throw the bums out.

  • Philo

    Hasn’t the spotted owl scandal moved the debate any closer to reality? I hope so.

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