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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Don’t make property tax worse

Written May 25th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It is no news that the Oregon property tax system is a total mess, but efforts to fix it so far would only make it worse. One such Band-Aid is House Joint Resolution 21, which calls on the voters to amend the Constitution to impose a minimum county tax rate of $2 per thousand everywhere […]


Cities want tax limits eased

Written September 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

What Oregon cities want from the next legislature is, mostly, more money or a way to get more. There are good reasons for this, but there are even better reasons for protecting city residents from upward spiraling tax bills from the cities or the state.


Hands off the property tax cap

Written June 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The League of Oregon Cities plans to lobby the legislature next year for a constitutional amendment relaxing the limit on property taxes. Let’s hope lawmakers will resist the cities’ blandishments. Instead, they should give cities better tools to reduce their costs.


Beware of property tax “reform”

Written November 6th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

There is no end to the complaints about Oregon’s tax system, or to the proposals for fixing it. The latest comes from the Portland City Club, where a committee has written a report with recommendations for fixing the property tax. But there’s reason to be wary of so-called reforms. The property tax system is a convoluted […]


Alert: Tax limit under attack

Written December 4th, 2012 by

Watch out, Oregon homeowners. When the legislature meets starting in February, cities and some school districts will try to persuade lawmakers to refer a change in the property tax system to the voters, and this could cost you. Local governments want to weaken the property tax limits that voters approved in 1990 as Measure 5. […]


 
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