Rural Oregon counties starting to scramble hard on how to replace timber taxes – Sales Taxes anyone?
As mentioned elsewhere on this website, there is a day of reckoning looming for up to 11 rural Oregon counties who are headed for a plunge off a fiscal cliff at the end of June. Counties that used to derive much of their revenue for schools, roads, law enforcement and jails from the taxes that came from harvested federal timber have dried up and stop-gap measures have run their course. The clock is ticking toward June 30th when the last of the stop gap money dries up.
There are a number of federal legislative fixes making the rounds of Congress, but nobody is betting that any one of them will be approved. So some Oregon counties are resorting to possibly using the “S” word, a word that is fighting words for most residents of the state. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.