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Your Voice, Your Vote: Measure 103 - Grocery Tax Ban

Voting yes would prohibit a sales tax. Voting no means the state and local governments keep the power to tax groceries.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 5:04 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2018 7:33 PM

OREGON -- Measure 103 proposes to ban any and all statewide taxes on groceries.

This measure can be confusing because right now, Oregon does not have a statewide sales tax, including on groceries. However, there's no law on the books to prevent local governments from creating one.

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Voting "yes" would prohibit a sales tax on groceries in the future. 

Voting "no" means the state and local governments keep the power to tax groceries.

Supporters argue a tax on groceries would affect people who can't afford it.

Opponents argue this measure is unnecessary because there is no existing tax.

"The proponents may say that people are thinking of proposing a sales tax on food, but that's highly highly unlikely," said Lynda Lynch, the President of League of Women Voters of Lane County.

"There have been multiple attempts to introduce a sales tax on groceries," said Vonnie Mikkelsen, CEO of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. "We think it's time now we just say no, and we encourage our voters to vote yes on measure 103 for that reason."

Those in favor of the measure are funded by major grocery chains including Costco, Albertsons and Safeway.

Opponents formed a coalition made up of businesses and organizations including the Democratic Party of Oregon and Nike.

The financial impact of this measure has not been determined.

For more information about the measure, click here.

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