The Senate Tax Plan: Why Bother?

  The do-nothing United States Senate led by the Republicans has given us its first draft of “tax reform and reduction” and one has to conclude: “Why bother? I noted in an earlier column that I do not believe that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, State Taxes, Tax Reform, Taxes, U.S. Senate | 1 Comment

Metro Should Dump the Garbage Tax

By Allison Coleman Last month, Portland-area voters approved Ballot Measure 26-178, which imposes a five-year property tax that will generate $80 million dollars for Metro to maintain parks owned by the agency. On the surface, this seems like a wonderful … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Local Taxes, Metro, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Metro’s $32 Million Broken Promise

— Why You Should Vote Down Metro’s Natural Area Levy By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman In 2006, the Metro Council submitted to the voters a general obligation bond measure in the amount of $227.4 million to fund … Continue reading

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How Much of the Year Do Your Taxes Cost?

By Kathryn Hickok If every penny earned since the beginning of the year went to pay federal, state, and local taxes, Americans would have to work until the middle of April just to cover their tax bills. Tax Freedom Day … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 33 Comments

Coosville preserves 2nd Amendment and rejects new tax

by Rob Taylor Despite the irrational warnings coming from the gun control alarmists, 8,905 Coos county voters decided to preserve a valued right of the individual to keep and bear arms by successfully ratifying the Second Amendment measure 6-151 with … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:23 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Local Taxes, Media, Voting | 9 Comments

Vote NO on the Coos County Transient Occupancy Tax

by Rob Taylor The Transient Occupancy Tax or Measure 6-152 will be on the ballot for voters in Coos County, Oregon, on November 3, 2015. Approval of this measure would create a 10% countywide lodging tax on consumers, including local … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:22 | Posted in Local Taxes, Voting | 7 Comments

Is TriMet Better Off Than Greece?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Syndicated financial writer Malcolm Berko recently advised a small investor to stay away from Greek bonds or securities. He wrote, “Greece has morphed into a bureaucratic five-star welfare state; but in reality, Greece is a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, TriMet, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Deschutes GOP to oppose local gas tax

Deschutes County Republicans BEND, OR – The Deschutes County Republicans announced their opposition to a gas tax for the City of Bend, after continued suggestions from city councilors that it could appear on the ballot in an upcoming election. Local … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:51 | Posted in Local Taxes, Taxes | 4 Comments

Coos County officials propose Transient Lodging Tax

by Rob Taylor, Coos County Watchdog The past several weeks the Board of Commissioners have been reviewing the county’s budget and as expected there is a 10% shortfall of the necessary amount needed, which is the equivalent to 3.1 million … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:45 | Posted in Local Taxes | 2 Comments

TriMet’s Great Disappearing Act

By John A. Charles, Jr. During the 2003 session of the Oregon State Legislature, TriMet sought an increase in the regional payroll tax rate. In public testimony, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said, “TriMet’s proposed payroll tax increase will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Thanksgiving note from a Portland Street Tax resistance fighter

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 … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Portland Politics | 5 Comments

Scare Tactics Not Working in Road Tax Debates

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently issued a report describing the deteriorating condition of Oregon highways. The authors estimate that the cumulative cost to the state economy from poor roads will be $94 billion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 29 Comments

Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

By Steve Buckstein Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s 2014 high school graduates took the tests. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Education, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Voting | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Graph: 40+ years of Oregon taxes

by Dan Lucas In researching an article on property taxes a few weeks ago I ran across some good historical data on Oregon tax collections in a February 2014 research report from the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office (LRO). I used the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, State Taxes, Taxes | 449 Comments

Portland Street Tax Proposal Sparks Recall Effort

by Bob Clark There is now an effort afoot to recall both Portland Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales. Led by chief petitioner, Ray Horton, more than two dozen Portland citizens gathered this past Saturday, July 19, to support and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Portland Politics, Taxes | 2,084 Comments

Are Oregonians paying enough property taxes?

by Dan Lucas Property taxes are very important to Oregon cities, counties and schools. While the state government’s general fund depends largely on income taxes, county and city governments get most of their tax base from property taxes, and school … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Taxes | 365 Comments

Oregon businesses pay fair share of taxes

by Dan Lucas Marcia Atkinson reported in the Salem-Keizer Sentinel this week that Bill Dalton, Democratic candidate for state representative in House District 19 (Salem), told a neighborhood association that Oregon’s tax structure is outdated – that revenues are now … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, State Taxes | 17 Comments

Timber Counties built their communities from trees

by Craig Pope, Polk County Commissioner Michael Cairn’s recent criticism of rural county governments in his Statesman Journal op-ed deserves a response.  Mr. Cairns lives in Polk County, where I serve as a County Commissioner charged with balancing the budget … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Natural Resources, Timber | 29 Comments

Ballot Measure 26-156 needed to slow Portland water bill increases

  by Bob Clark If it passes in the May 20 primary election, Ballot Measure 26-156 would provide several benefits that would help slow the rate of increase in Portlanders’ water and sewer bills. The first of these benefits would … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:24 | Posted in Local Taxes, Portland Politics | 3,265 Comments

Get involved in your local government budget committees!

by Dave Berg “The best way out of a difficulty is through it.” – Will Rogers A couple of years ago I wrote an article saying that budgets mean choices and the easiest choice is “doing nothing”.    Many communities in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes | 9 Comments

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