Eugene register guard --
Mayor Kitty Piercy and Councilor George Brown have asked City Manager Jon Ruiz to provide estimates on a local income or sales tax to help the school district shortfall.
estimates being asked for would be a 5% restaurant tax which would apply to all prepared food and drink within the city and two forms of income tax, a 1% flat tax and a three tiered approach depending on income.
first of all, in this economy any type of tax increase is totally a stupid idea and some might say that 5% is not much money.
if you don't have any money... it's a hell of a lot of money.
If the Eugene school districts are having trouble with their money because the budgeting, then let them close.
For as long as I can remember, we have constantly throwing money at schools and they have always had this budget problem. Perhaps, a little bit of bankruptcy would not hurt them.
As for the sales tax in Eugene... of course people are going to come to Springfield to not pay the tax. (of course Springfield would balance it out by having their own sales tax, and then the state sales tax would be next)
BUT LET ME REMIND YOU... A TAX NEVER GOES AWAY IT JUST OPENS THE DOOR FOR NEW TAXES!
Remember what they did as far as the local gas tax?
And don't forget that starting tomorrow, Oregon gas taxes go up six cents a gallon (without voter approval)
people like myself are struggling to make ends meet as it is and watching every penny that is spent... it's really past time that government starts doing the same thing.