Oregon Counties Need Cash—Sales Tax Man Cometh
- Feb 18, 2012 | Susan McLain
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."