By a four to one vote, the Depoe Bay City Council instructed Depoe Bay Clerk Recorder Pury Murray to prepare a ballot initiative for this Fall that asks the voters for permission to place a 3% sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana at outlets within the Depoe Bay city limits. (Medical marijuana is not affected by this move.)
Cities and counties all over Oregon are pondering the same choice. Lone council dissenter Councilor Jo Fisher-Brown said the taxpayers are already hit with a tax on a myriad of other projects without adding new ones.
But councilors said Depoe Bay has no property tax and has to rely on tourism room tax funds for most of their financial requirements. So this November, Depoe Bay voters will be giving a thumbs up or down on a local sales tax of 3% on marijuana sold at retail outlets or at medical marijuana dispensaries that offer retail/recreational marijuana.
So the tax bump is up to the voters just like the rest of Oregon.
The Depoe Bay City Council also awarded a contract to dredge North Creek Reservoir where some of the city’s water supply comes from. Over the years, the lake bottom fills up with sediment – much of it from nearby clear-cut logging.
The contract was awarded to Road & Driveway of Newport. They’re expected
to get the project under way fairly quickly and take a couple of months to complete.
And the city council decided to provide more porta-potties in the harbor.