Oregon House Passes Bill To Help Timber Counties

By Jim McCoy Mon 8th July NewsOregon legislaturetimber payments
The Oregon House has passed a bill that allows financially struggling timber counties to use measures other than property taxes to raise money for public safety. The bill went to the Senate for a vote Monday after passing the House 49-10. Rural counties that once depended on federal timber revenues have been struggling to pay for sheriff's patrols, jails and prosecutors since a federal safety net expired. Voters have refused to raise taxes to fill the gap. The bill, HB 3453, would allow the governor to declare a public safety emergency and gives counties the power to impose an income tax, a tax on 911 services or other assessments. The state would cover half the costs of public safety, and the county half.

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