TIME to FIX: Timber corps hurting OR rural communities by avoiding taxes
Recent articles (1, 2) have shown that Oregon's timber corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes. For decades these corporations have worked to incrementally reduce their tax liability, and, as a result, rural communities have suffered.
Concerned Oregonians are exploring ways to reinstate fair timber taxes to fill the hole left in Oregon's rural county budgets created by the elimination of the tax that helped to pay for county services. State legislative counsel is drafting the citizen legislative concept to reinstate a severance timber tax to 1990 levels and redirect that funding to local communities and support watershed restoration, water and emergency preparedness infrastructure. It would also provide a tax reduction to those companies that switch to more environmentally-sound forestry practices.
Interested? Learn more at this presentation/discussion hosted by Tax Fairness Oregon
- "Timber Tax Fairness: for Counties, Water and Forests”
- Mon, 11/23, 6-7:30pm, by Zoom.
- Register here for zoom link.
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