Lane Co. Discusses Marijuana Tax

EUGENE, Ore. — The vote to legalize marijuana is a month away and Lane County is considering a new tax, should Measure 91 pass. County commissioners discussed two ordinances Tuesday at their meeting. One which would tax medical and recreational marijuana, the other only recreational. Commissioners voiced concerns and questions and struck down the first … Continue reading »

Lane County To Propose Pot Tax

EUGENE, Ore.– The vote to legalize marijuana in Oregon is just around the corner, and local governments are considering imposing a tax should Measure 91 pass in November. For the first time, Lane County commissioners will present their proposed ordinance. They are calling for a county tax equal to 50 percent of the state tax rate … Continue reading »

Activists to Hold Tax Rally

EUGENE, Ore. — Local activists will rally in front of the downtown post office on Tuesday, with the message that taxes should pay for human needs, not war. Every year, local activists rally in front of the post office on tax day. They’re asking taxpayers where they think their tax dollars should be spent, and … Continue reading »

Last Minute Tips For Filing Taxes

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Time is ticking to get your taxes filed. The tax deadline is just two days away. But local accountants said there’s still time to file and avoid those late fees. Local tax preparers said they’re always busy these last few days before the April 15th deadline to file tax returns, so they’re … Continue reading »

Board to Discuss Local Option Levy

EUGENE, Ore. — Officials are considering renewing a local option levy that could affect homeowners in Eugene. District voters first approved the local option levy in May 2000, then renewed it twice in 2004 and 2008. Property owners have already been paying the tax for more than a decade, but it’s set to expire next … Continue reading »

OSPIRG Protests Junk Food Subsidies

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group staged a protest on junk food Tuesday. It was an effort to stop tax dollars from being spent on junk food ingredients. OSPIRG’s report found more tax dollars were going towards common food additives, such as corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils than to fresh … Continue reading »

City Council Extends Tax Exemption

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council has decided to extend the suspension on the controversial tax exemption for housing developers. The Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption, or MUPTE, is now suspended until the end of August. The original agreement was for the end of June, as the council worked to evaluate and potentially modify the … Continue reading »

Philomath School Levy Barely Passes

PHILOMATH, Ore. — Voters passed the Philomath school levy by 132 votes. At a gathering at Philomath School Board Director Tom Klipfel’s home, supporters of Measure 02-84 celebrated a victory, but they were more surprised than relieved. “Little disappointed that the margin was so tight,” said Tom Klipfel. “It’s very tight. It’s a lot closer … Continue reading »

Tax Exemption Discussions Resume

EUGENE, Ore. — Many people turned out to speak about tax incentives in downtown Eugene Monday night. The debate at the city council meeting centered around the Multi-unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) program. The program provides tax incentives to developers of projects like the Capstone student housing complex downtown. Councilors chose to suspend MUPTE earlier … Continue reading »

A Few Hours Left Until Tax Deadline

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s coming down to the wire to file taxes; those who waited until the last minute are not alone. Tax specialists say they’ve been swamped with phone calls and walk-ins all day, Monday. It’s been a mixed bag of stressed taxpayers and some who are taking the process in stride. For those … Continue reading »

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