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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Tax limits are safe — for now

Written July 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If there was any good news from this year’s Oregon legislatve sessions, it is this: Lawmakers failed to advance any of the attempts to weaken the taxpayers’ protections against even bigger jumps in the property tax.


Property tax: Our crazy system

Written May 30th, 2013 by

Oregon’s property tax system is so complicated that most citizens have no idea how it works. Many public officials don’t either. The complications are such that sometimes, voters approve taxes for police and fire protection and some of the money is legally siphoned off and given or loaned to private developers. Hard to believe, but […]


Urban renewal tax fix falls short

Written May 28th, 2013 by

The Oregon House today (May 28) is scheduled to vote on a sensible bill to correct an injustice dealing with property taxes and urban renewal, but it won’t do any good in Albany, at least not yet. The bill is HB 2632-A. It would remove local option levies approved by voters after January 1, 2013, […]


Homeowners under tax attack

Written March 4th, 2013 by

There’s no shortage of proposals in the legislature to force property owners to pay higher taxes. The Revenue Committee of the Oregon House has scheduled a public hearing on a bunch of them for Thursday, March 7. You remember Measure 5, Don McIntire’s initiative we passed in 1990, which eventually limited property taxes to $5 […]


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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