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Rain tax: A hint on its likely size

Written April 11th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Still no word on what Albany’s proposed rain tax will cost you when – not if – it starts being collected, probably starting next spring. No definite word, at least, but an unauthorized hint based on arithmetic alone.


Rain tax: What does EPA really want?

Written March 18th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

In its march toward an Albany rain tax, the city council says the foremost reason for adopting this storm water disposal fee is a federal requirement. But it’s not clear that the feds actually require very much or that what they require has to cost a lot of money.


Rain tax average: $9 monthly

Written March 7th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Nobody can yet say how stiff Albany’s rain tax will be. But in Oregon cities that already have one, the average is just under $9 a month.


Albany rain tax clears first hurdle

Written November 9th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany most likely will join the ranks of Oregon cities with a stormwater utility fee (or rain tax as I like to call for the sake of brevity), judging by the city council’s reaction to the idea at a work session Monday.


Rain and tax talk arrive together

Written November 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The rainy season has started and, as though on cue, the Albany City Council is taking up consideration of a tax on rain. But before such an added tax is enacted, second thoughts are in order.


 
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