Oregon County Near CA Border Considering Sales Tax
- Mar 15, 2012 | Susan McLain
UPDATE: 3/15/2012. Curry County Board of Commissioners decided to NOT put proposed sales tax on May ballot in order to allow "...more residents a chance to attend" a meeting being held April 18, at 2 pm.
Curry County, Oregon Board of Commissioners are considering a 3 percent sales tax on “…sales that physically occur in Curry County,” according to tax attorney Dan Olsen. “It does not apply to catalog or Internet sales.”
The 3 percent sales tax consideration comes at a time when the county is facing some year-end concerns. Commissioner George Rhodes says, “…if we don’t have additional funding between July 1 and Jan. 1, I would recommend to the board we send a declaration of financial stress to the governor immediately.”
The proposed sales tax is in its first reading, which means it will go through a second round of reviews prior to determining if they will place the measure on the May ballot. Today (Thursday, March 15, 2012), is the last day to approve the measure in order for it to be on the May election ballot.
The 3 percent sales tax would not be applicable to groceries or prescription drugs. Commissioner Bill Waddle says, “There will be more taxes paid by people who don’t reside in Curry County than people who do. We’re going to have tourists and Californians paying more taxes.”
The general consensus is that the residents of the county will not be concerned about having the 3 percent sales tax implemented in their community. And they don’t believe it will deter their California neighbors in Del Norte County from continuing to shop in Curry County—the current tax rate in Del Norte County California is 7.25 percent.
Merchants who collect the tax and file their returns in a timely fashion will be allowed to keep 5 percent of the sales tax collected to reimburse them for the expense of having to collect and remit.