The city council lost a city councilor this week. Councilor Jo Fisher-Brown wrote a letter of resignation to Clerk Recorder Pery Murray indicating that she will no longer serve on the council. No reasons were given during this week’s city council meeting.
The council announced this week that a well known party boat, the 26 foot Raptor, will be taken over by the city since its owners haven’t paid the dock fees for the boat for quite a while. An effort to auction it off on the county courthouse steps drew no bidders. As a result, the boat defaulted into city hands and council this week ordered that the boat be declared city surplus and sold to the highest bidder
And now that Depoe Bay voters have approved the city collecting what amounts to a 3% sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana within the city limits, now comes the question of how best to collect that tax. The state has offered to collect the 3% tax when marijuana dealers sell the product and charge only 4% of the proceeds to do it. The council seemed to like the state’s offer since it appeared to the council that it would likely cost the city more than 4% to collect the tax itself. So they decided to refer the matter to the city council for his review before they agree to engage the state to collect the tax on marijuana. But barring anything major, the council seemed satisfied that the state ought to be the city’s main tax collector on marijuana.