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Oregon Counties Need Cash—Sales Tax Man Cometh


The Columbian reported today that “[c]ash-strapped Curry County [Oregon] is considering a sales tax to fill the $3 million gap left by expiration of a federal safety net for timber counties.” Since 2000, the Secure Rural Schools Act, a federal mandate, provided federal funding in timber communities. But now, that Act is expiring.

A citizens advisory committed “…included a sales tax in a list of ideas to deal with” the expiration of the Act. The Board, according to County Commissioner George Rhodes, “…is considering putting the idea to voters on the May ballot.”

Currently, there is no sales tax imposed at the state level. However, according to the Columbian, "...two cities tax restaurant sales," but "...no counties have a sales tax."

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”