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Will Grants Pass, Oregon, Get a Sales Tax?


 Is there sales tax in the future for Grants Pass?

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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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.