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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany’s credibility problem and how to repair it

Written April 22nd, 2013 by

The Albany city government has a problem. It’s a problem with credibility and it’s connected with public safety and urban renewal. In March 2012, city voters approved a public-safety tax levy outside the city’s normal taxing authority. Voters were assured the money would go to the police and fire departments. Most of it does. But […]


Fixing urban renewal’s levy grab (amended)

Written March 21st, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown renewal advisory board Wednesday heard about a bill which, in the interest of truth in taxation, ought to be passed. But first, it ought to be amended to apply right away. The measure is House Bill 2632, sponsored by Rep. Margaret Doherty, a Democrat from the Portland area. It would allow all the […]


The goal: Higher property taxes

Written January 30th, 2013 by

Don’t look now, but they want to increase your property taxes. By “they,” I mean the majority of those senators who were on the state Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue. They have introduced a constitutional amendment that would remove the property tax limits where local option tax levies are concerned. This has been […]


 
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