When they sit down next week, Waldport City Councilors will be considering whether to put a 3% tax on retail marijuana on the upcoming general election ballot in November. The tax is allowed under state law but only by approval of the local voters. No estimate on what the income to the city might be. The taxes collected can be used for just about any city expense. Some communities around the state are asking that part of all of the tax be directed toward drug abuse treatment and increasing local police budgets to step up patrols looking for “Drugged Drivers.”
Continuing to provide contract sheriff’s deputies a place to work other than in their cars
The council will also be considering renewing a long-standing contract with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to provide 80 hours of police patrols within the Waldport City limits. This year’s contract renewal also continues to provide space at City Hall for deputies to do their report work and to interview either perpetrators or victims of crimes within the city. The southeast corner of City Hall with modest furnishings are part of this year’s contract renewal documents.
Garbage Collection rates likely to rise another 10%
And finally, the council is expected to approve, as part of a two year arrangement, another 10% boost in garbage collection rates in Waldport. Dahl Disposal showed the council the math last year demonstrating their need for added personnel and equipment, thus the 20% rate hike spread over the 2015 and 2016 calendar years. Out with public works and in with beer, food and fun!
And finally, the council will consider a zone change on land the city public works department used to call home on Lint Slough, just southeast of the old high school. The council will entertain discussions about changing the zoning of the site from what it is now – single family residential – to commercial to allow for plans for a restaurant, brew pub and kayak rental operation. A good beer, a good meal and a good paddle. An interesting combination.
The Waldport City Council sits down to business Thursday, June 9th, 2pm at City Hall on Hemlock.