Friday, May 11, 2007

Lane County income tax: be careful how you vote... there could be some catches

KVAL--

One for sure thing that any long-term Lane County resident has learned, is that when local government wants money, they will do anything to get it.

If you're like me, when it comes to approving taxes, you would automatically just vote "no". This time however that strategy may be a double-edged sword.

Consider the Lane County income taxes measures 20-129 & 20-130.
"Let's break this down: if you vote 'yes' on both measures, you're voting for a county income tax, and voting to cap that tax (and all future taxes) at 2%.

If you are 100% against county income taxes, you likely would want to vote 'no' on 20-129, and 'yes' on 20-130 -- that way, you're opposing the tax, but saying that if it does pass anyway, it should be capped.

Voting 'no' on both will show your opposition to the tax, but leave any future tax open to be more than 2%".

I suggest reading both measures very carefully and doing some research on your own.

And don't forget, ballots are due Tuesday May 15, 2007

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has already happened to us and few people know it. We have already passed a no-cap clause without really understanding what was going on. They did not get a tax passed but the no-cap will benefit later when they DO pass a tax because they will have no limit. VOTE RESPONSIBLY AND READ CAREFULLY!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

I hope the recall is still going forward. After reading the Eugene Weekly this week, I am madder than before. To see the quote from Faye Stewart believeing that he is doing something to SAVE us when in fact it is another way to keep the rich from paying and the poor shouldering the burden. I still think we need a revolution!

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