Folks for transit are gathering from 5pm to 7pm on Friday the 9th at the Riverfront Park Carousel.
They'll probably also be organizing for canvassing on Saturday and Sunday.
Something to consider for folks who think a property tax would be more equitable?
In addition to problems with "compression," there is the fact that the three biggest opponents of the payroll tax wouldn't pay property taxes either! (You can find the full list here at OreStar, the Secretary of State's database.)
The Hospital ($50,000) is a non-profit and Garmin ($35,000) and Norpac ($25,000) are enrolled in Enterprise Zones and have been receiving on-going property tax abatements for several years. Norpac is also getting a $6 million widening project at Madrona & 25th for truck traffic, and it will be paid for out of property taxes with the 2008 road bond. These firms already enjoy very favorable tax treatment!
|Enterprise Zone Property Tax Abatements|
URA Economic Activity Development 2012-13
Finally, there's the "other" set of taxes the Chamber wants Salemites to bear.
|Our debate about funding transit with $5 million a year|
should also include this about nearly $50 million a year
* I suppose it assumes you'll not be taking transit, though? There's not a route that serves Riverfront Park!