Let's see ... Oregon is supposedly one of the lowest-taxed states in the country, but that's only if you don't bother to consider the fees, subsidies, etc. that are nothing more than disguised taxes. We pay up to 9% of our income in State taxes ... and that's only if the State can't find a loophole that makes you subject to a higher rate (like a State "adjusted minimum tax" ... such as the Feds use to side step the 28% tax federal tax bracket) ...
And now the Lane County Commissioners are considering different ways of implementing a County-wide public safety income tax. Today's issue of the Eugene Fish Wrap (a.k.a. the Register-Guard) reports that it's not yet a "done deal", but that there are several options.
1. Bring the proposal to the voters to approve.
2. Ask the voters to approve a rate cap but not implement the tax until 'sometime in the future'.
3. Just pass the tax without voter approval.
The kicker here is that, according to the Guard "The commissioners don't need voter approval to enact what would be the state's only county income tax. "
Read the entire article at RegisterGuard.com.
Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that even if there was some sort of cap, if this were to pass, "they" would always ask for more money year after year after year after year. Then there would be additional capital improvements needed. And then additional personnel. And then something else. And *then*, when "they" ask for an increase of (for example only) 9% and the counter proposal is increases of only 5%, "they" will scream about "budget cuts" instead of admitting that they're only reductions in increases.
When will these people (the Commissioners) ever acknowledge that the voters have freaking *spoken* and that they (we voters) have shouted a resounding *NO*!!! The taxpayers have had enough and don't want to keep throwing good money after bad unless *they* (the Commissioners and their collective ilk) learn how to spend it wisely!