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County, city to discuss roads

Terms surrounding the County Roads Department’s proposed creation of a new taxingdistrict have yet to be finalized since Wasco County Commissioners agreed May 7 to postpone a decision until more discussion between the county and city governments can take place...

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doncoats 4 years, 1 month ago

I regret not attending any of the road advisory committee meetings. The three choices they provided are structured so that only one will provide the funding that is required. The tax district can provide the required dollars but a vehicle registration fee could provide the same number of dollars. For some reason the advisory committee chose to limit the registration fee to $43, which would not result in enough revenue.

A vehicle fee would place the financial burden of roads on those that use them. A tax district will put the financial burden on property owners which may or may not be users of the roads and leave most drivers in our county with a free ride.

The problem is that every Joe in the county will vote against a vehicle tax, even though it is the most representative method to finance our roads. Those same people won't get excited about a new property tax levy.

New tax base is not going to be on our horizon if we keep raising the rates.


Livingloxal 4 years, 1 month ago

Agreed the bulk should fall upon the registration fees. I propose a revolving 5 year bond to cover the rest. This would leave current funding for other districts such as schools, public safety, parks, and library untouched.

The forming of special districts needs to be monitored closely. They only lead to increased taxes, and Wasco county is already has one of the highest tax rates in the state.


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