Will Grants Pass, Oregon, Get a Sales Tax?
- Oct 26, 2015 | Gail Cole
Update, 11.4.2015: The proposed sales tax for city public safety and criminal justice services was overwhelmingly rejected.
Voters in Grants Pass, Oregon, will vote on a Sales Tax for City Public Safety and Criminal Justice Services on November 3, 2015. In addition to imposing a 2% sales tax on retail and food services, it calls for eliminating the $1.79 Property Tax Levy and the Jail Utility Fee. If approved, it would take effect July 1, 2016.
The tax would support Public Safety and Criminal Justice services in the following manner:
- Support Police and Fire Rescue services
- Enable the Juvenile Justice Shelter/Detention building to reopen
- Increase criminal prosecution services
- Create at least 30 adult jail beds for the city
Many items would be exempt from the sales tax, including but not limited to:
- Unprepared food
- Prescription medicine
- Purchase amounts of at least $1,000 in any single sale
- Business wholesale purchases
- Goods shipped outside Grants Pass
- Fuel and alcohol
If approved, property taxes for the average home in Grants Pass would be reduced by approximately $277 per year. Additional information, including a complete list of tax exemptions, is available here.
Oregon does not have a state sales tax; however, local sales taxes are permitted. In Ashland, approximately 50 miles south of Grants Pass, there is a 5% tax on sales of prepared food.
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