Sunday, February 25, 2007

Lane County income tax will be REDUCED (however not eliminated) if the following happens...


The recently passed Lane County income tax of 1.1% on personal and business income earned in Lane County is said to be necessary to maintain the county's current public safety service (and other programs) levels with the expiration of the federal payments to the county's program.

"The situation has changed dramatically, not just for Lane County but for the whole state with the lapse of this safety net program," said Commissioner Bobby Green, who currently serves as the Association of Oregon Counties president. "All the information we have lets me know that we can't wait."

The income tax itself will be reduced if Federal Secure Rural Schools is replaced by June 1.
If Congress provides the funding, the board will hold a hearing and decide how much to reduce the tax rate. how generous

In addition to public safety, 2.2% of the Lane County's current property tax revenue will be dedicated for extension services, 0.7% dedicated to stabilize funding for veterans services, and the income tax ordinance itself will be dedicated to maintaining public safety including adult and use corrections, crime prevention, detention, supervision, patrol, mental health, and crime victim services including alcohol and drug treatment programs.

to quote Commissioner Bobby Green, "the situation has changed dramatically..."
Bobby Green is right about one thing... the situation has changed. The Lane County commissioners STOLE our money from us by enacting a tax that the voters less than four months ago said no to. In any other situation, stealing money would be a crime.

in this case, it is not about the money... it is about the principle.

this is another blatant example of how our vote DOES NOT COUNT in Oregon.

To quote Abraham Lincoln
...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."{The}--

This concept has changed to "for the government, by the people."

In my opinion, any chance now of Lane County getting voter approval for any money is going to be very difficult. Of course, what we say will not matter. They would just take it from us anyways.

In addition, a personal note to the Lane County commissioners... do a search on the Internet, the country is watching.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wondering why the county is responsible for vets affairs...isn't that the responsibility of the feds?

4:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If memory serves me, the last time we voted AGAINST a cap on taxes. If this is correct, the new tax that just passed (without us) can be raised without approval from voters. And we did it to ourselves. I am inclined to think that many voters are not paying attention to what they are voting for.

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know exactly what we are voting for. The voters pamphlet made it sound like we were voting to cap the tax when in fact we were voting on the tax itself. When I read the pamphlet I had the impression that the county had already passed the tax and that we were being asked to place a cap on it. I have spoken with many people who had the same impression. I feel this is why so many people voted for the measure. If they had known we were voting for the tax the margin would have been wider. Fact of the matter is this is not democracy, this is socialism. The belief that the govenrment knows better I thought was confined to the Eugene City Council, it now seems to have spread to the County.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out this video of the Bobby Green and company voting to put the tax on us:

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