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Measure 30 Arguments

Argument in Opposition

NO, NO, 800,000,000 TIMES

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A "NO" vote on ballot measure #30 will force our Legislators and Governor to cut waste and unnecessary programs. They do not want to do that. We, the people, must provide the resolve.

A "NO" vote says that the $800,000,000 this tax increase would raise is better spent by the people themselves. The private sector marketplace has internal decision making mechanisms that build the strongest economy. Inefficient bureaucracies on the other hand, tend toward low quality services and high costs.

A "NO" vote is a vote for liberty. Bigger government crowds into our personal lives diminishing our freedom. A "NO" vote informs state government regarding its proper limits.

During the 1990's Oregon government grew at double digit annual rates. Now, however, is the time for some housecleaning. Vote "NO" if you want that house cleaning to be done.

(This information furnished by Bob Ekstrom, Constitution Party of Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

LIBERTARIANS SAY
VOTE "NO" ON MEASURE 30

Higher Taxes and Caring are Not the Same

Some say that if you don't support higher taxes, you don't care about people. They're wrong. Sometimes, opposing taxes is compassionate. By voting "NO" Measure 30, you can:

  • Help Struggling Families

    Most of Oregon remains in a severe economic recession and thousands of families are just scraping by. Even $150-200 in new taxes represents a dozen bags of groceries, ten tanks of gas or a medical bill. Measure 30 would only add stress to their lives.

  • Protect and Create Jobs

    Taxes are already driving jobs out of Oregon. Measure 30 would drive jobs out even faster while crippling new investment and job creation. Unemployed workers need hope and opportunity, but raising taxes during a recession destroys both.

  • Preserve Public Services

    Did you know that 11 of 13 state agencies have no internal auditing function to protect $12 billion of our money? Despite what you hear, waste is everywhere. Unless we stop the bleeding, critical programs like K-12 education will struggle no matter how much money we give them. Measure 30 would let legislators off the hook, promising a bigger mess for us to fix later.

In November the Libertarian Party offered a better plan - one that would fix Oregon's budget problems while raising billions by selling SAIF, a state-owned piece of corporate welfare. Other organizations have offered plans as well. Instead of hurting people with taxes, we can help them with plans like ours.

Republican and Democratic legislators supporting Measure 30 are out of touch with the average person. They're preserving their power at your expense by pandering to powerful special interests. They want to pull at your heart strings, but don't let them. If you want to cast a compassionate ballot, vote "NO" on Measure 30.

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(This information furnished by Richard P. Burke, Executive Director, Libertarian Party of Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

Jobs, Not More Taxes. No on Measure 30!

Measure 30 repeals Oregon's largest tax increase passed by the legislature last August. $1.1 billion in new taxes: seven new taxes on Oregon individuals, families, businesses, and seniors. Oregonians now have the power to say no.

Oregon Needs to Economic Development to Create New Tax Revenues

While ranking highest in the nation in unemployment, Oregon's legislators and Governor chose added burden by passing these outrageous taxes. Many large employers have left the state due to our harsh business climate. The way to solve Oregon's economic problems is removing costly barriers to job expansion, helping businesses succeed.

Kulongoski Grants Pay Raises to Some While Pushing for New Taxes

The governor authorized new pay raises for some employees while stumping for this record tax package. The governor, at his inauguration, promised no new taxes and vowed to "find other ways." A few months later, he now leads the charge for the record $1.1 billion in new taxes on families, businesses and seniors.

Legislature Passed Record Tax Increases While Passing Bonding for a Major League Stadium in Portland

While passing the largest tax increase in the history of Oregon, they passed a bill to create funds for a new Major League baseball stadium in Portland. This shows just how out of touch many legislators and the governor are!

Not a Single Public Hearing Held

Not only did legislators and the governor pass these taxes, they did it without a single public hearing. Now is our time for a public hearing by ballot!

Oregonians Submit Record Signatures to Repeal Legislature's Tax

147,000 signatures were collected in just 90 days. Some are reporting that the package has little support from the public; this is simply not true. Oregonians throughout the state know that now is not the time for more taxes.

Jobs, Not More Taxes. NO on 30!

(This information furnished by Angela Wilhelms, Campaign Manager, Taxpayer Defense Fund.)

Argument in Opposition

It's Not Fair to Senior Citizens!

We urge you to vote no on Measure 30 and protect Oregon's seniors!

Fifty years ago, I volunteered for active military service to protect freedom in this Country. Now, I am living on a minimal, fixed, retirement income. Like most senior citizens, I will not have the additional funds to pay if Measure 30 passes.

Unlike government, I can't "wave a magic wand" and increase my retirement income. Nor, can I buy things that are "nice" to have, but more than my budget allows. If the Measure passes, I will have to make hard decisions about which necessary expenses to cut in order to pay additional taxes.

Oregon's seniors have given a great deal to the state throughout years of service and dedication. Instead of looking out for seniors, when government lacked the courage to make tough decisions and balance the budget, they leapt at the notion of raising taxes. And it is senior citizens that will be hit most drastically!

Politicians talk about wanting to protect seniors and wanting to help care for them. This is the exact opposite of what this plan would do. The proposed taxes target seniors in many ways, forcing them into paying tens of millions of dollars they simply cannot afford:

  • Increased income taxes
  • The reduction (or, worse, elimination) of medical deduction capabilities
  • A reduction in the discount seniors would receive for paying property taxes early

These taxes are not aimed at caring for Oregon's vulnerable; they are aimed at ways to bleed Oregonians--especially seniors--of more and more of their limited resources to fund a government that cannot control spending! Over-taxing senior citizens living on fixed incomes is not an idea we should employ, nor a trap we should fall into.

Again, please vote no on measure 30 and protect Oregon's senior citizens!

David and Catherine Dehlin, Keizer

(This information furnished by David J. Dehlin and Catherine Dehlin.)

Argument in Opposition

Oregon Needs Jobs, Not new Taxes

Vote No on Measure 30, the $1.2 billion tax increase.

Oregon's economy is in trouble, and a tax hike will make things worse. Study after study has shown that tax hikes slow economic growth, leading to fewer jobs. Workers across the state are already losing jobs because tax hikes and bad policies encourage businesses to move. Oregon has the highest unemployment rate in the country, and cannot afford to lose more jobs.

The state's budget crisis is a spending problem, not a revenue problem. The politicians in Salem would have you believe that they need more money in order provide important state services. What they do not mention is that between 1989 and 2003 Oregon's general fund budget increased an astonishing 151 percent. Under the leadership of former Gov. Kitzhaber, spending in Oregon grew faster than in any other state. The tax hike currently being proposed would cement these wasteful indulgences permanently into Oregon's budget, meaning more expensive government for generations to come. Now is the time end the spending spree of the 1990s by voting NO ON 30.

When divided among the roughly 1.3 million households in Oregon, the $1.2 billion tax hike costs about $825 more in taxes per household.

Measure 30 increase taxes on almost everyone, and is particularly hard on Oregon's seniors. It increases property taxes and eliminates medical deductions, harshly penalizing seniors and those on fixed incomes. Measure 30 raises income taxes, cutting into the paychecks of everyone who still has a job--and there will be fewer of those if the tax hike succeeds. Measure 30 raises a slew of business taxes, which will scare away more jobs, enforcing Oregon's title as the home of the highest unemployment in the nation.

Our politicians must take responsibility for wasteful spending, not asking for even more money from hard-working men and women in our state.

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 30 and save Oregon's economy.

(This information furnished by Russ Walker, Oregon Director, Oregon Citizens For A Sound Economy PAC.)

Argument in Opposition

Vote NO on Measure 30! We must work together to put an end to the disgraceful treatment of Oregon's seniors and the unfair tax burden they are being asked to bear.

During this time of strong economic pressures, the Oregon legislature has seen fit to increase a variety of taxes...again.

But not only are they trying to raise taxes on all Oregonians, they have unfairly targeted seniors by eliminating or reducing the amount of medical expenses a senior citizen may deduct from his or her taxes.

With never-ending increases in our property taxes, income taxes and now this reduction (elimination for some) of medical deductions for seniors, it is time to say no! to these heavy burdens.

Seniors have contributed greatly to Oregon and should not shoulder this additional burden! Soon, there will be little or no incentive for Oregon's seniors to stay and live in this great state we have helped to grow.

Medical costs are skyrocketing and Oregon's senior citizens deserve the opportunity to help defray those costs through medical deductions. Both raising the age limit and slashing the percentages that can be deducted are terrible schemes designed at hitting seniors for every tax dollar possible.

And seniors or not, targeting a specific group of Oregonians to bear the weight of a broad-based economic problem is outrageous. Balancing the Oregon state budget on the backs of senior citizens is totally unfair and undemocratic.

At a time in their lives when we should protect our seniors and return to them a fraction of the commitment they have given to Oregon over the years, the legislature wants to tax them from all directions. This is simply wrong! There is not another way to put it.

Vote no on Measure 30!

John Martz
Sherwood, Oregon

(This information furnished by John Martz.)

Argument in Opposition

No new taxes! That was the voters' clear message when we defeated Measure 28 last January. Astoundingly, the legislature has ignored us and created an even bigger tax increase! So we must say NO again.

As before, tax proponents make dire predictions about impending collapse of government services. But this $800 million tax amounts to only 2% of the state's $37 billion budget. That amount is too small to compromise essential services. It hardly justifies the hysterical rhetoric some tax proponents use.

The state's all funds biennial budgets for the past decade show a pattern of excessive growth. The totals:

1993/95 $18.9 billion;
1995/97 $22.5 billion;
1997/99 $26.7 billion;
1999/01 $29.3 billion;
2001/03 $34.6 billion;
2003/05 $37.1 billion.

With the tax increase, the current budget grows by $2.5 billion. Even without the proposed tax, the budget will still grow by $1.7 billion. Defeat of this tax increase won't cut the budget; it only slows down an excessively large growth rate.

During the 1990's economic boom, the state's budget nearly doubled. If spending growth since 1993 had been limited to offset inflation and population growth, the 2003/05 budget would be $8 billion less than $37.1 billion. The legislature spent every dime of that new revenue. Now when times are slow, our legislature has no savings, no fiscal discipline, wants new taxes, and won't listen to the people. Our tax system doesn't need fixing. The legislature's spending practices need major reform.

This tax referendum has symbolic value far greater than just the $800 million tax. The legislature is planning a special session in June to restructure Oregon's taxes. You can be sure that restructure really means large INCREASES in taxes, including a sales tax. Unless we defeat Measure 30 decisively, our legislators will conclude that Oregonians want more taxes. And that is what we will get.

Repeat the message of Measure 28: NO NEW TAXES! Vote NO on Measure 30.

(This information furnished by David Grappo, Chair, Corvallis Citizens for Good Government.)

Argument in Opposition

For the past three years, the biggest issue facing the state of Oregon has been job creation. Oregon's economy has struggled more than every other state's, and as a result, Oregon has become the most unemployed state in the nation.

One of the consequences of the poor economy has been reduced tax collections for state government. And while everyday Oregonians and small businesses have struggled and fought their way through a slumping economy, state government has decided it needs a $1 billion bailout courtesy of the Oregon taxpayer.

In the waning days of the 2003 legislative session, the Oregon legislature passed a 3-year, $1 billion tax increase. Increased income taxes. Increased property taxes. Increased taxes on small business. The legislature left no tax untouched. So much for job creation.

NFIB/Oregon represents over 12,000 Oregon small businesses. The members of NFIB/Oregon voted overwhelmingly to oppose this tax increase for two reasons. First, the small business owners of Oregon would like to see state government do the hard work of living within its means, just like every other Oregon business or family has had to do. Second, NFIB members believe that a tax increase of this magnitude will exact a heavy toll on the ability of Oregon businesses to grow and create jobs.

If left alone, Oregon's economy will recover and state government will once again have the tax revenues it wants. Already, the last official state revenue forecast (December 2003) showed that tax collections were once again starting to increase (approximately $70 million). If Oregon's economy can start producing these results on its own, then there is certainly no need to impose a job-killing tax increase.

NFIB believes the best strategy for producing more tax revenue is to leave the private sector alone to create more jobs. To saddle our struggling economy with a $1 billion tax increase is exactly the wrong approach.

Please vote NO on Ballot Measure 30.

(This information furnished by J.L. Wilson, NFIB/Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

Our politicians in Salem perpetually claim they never have enough money. They regularly tell us that they'll have to cut government to-the-bone because taxpayers are too uncompassionate.

Forgive the liberal use of the exclamation points which follow, but the facts do tell a different story.

* The US Census Bureau, currently states that Oregon state & local governments spend more per-capita than 44 other states!!!

* June, 2003, USA Today reported that State of Oregon spending has been increasing at a rate faster than the growth of population and inflation, combined!!!

* November, 2003, The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, shows the state budget has averaged double-digit growth (+13%) over the last 25 years!!!

Vote No on Ballot Measure 30!!!

For more eye-opening budget info contact us at the
Taxpayer Association of Oregon
www.oregonwatchdog.com
(503) 603-9009

(This information furnished by Jason Williams, Taxpayer Association of Oregon Ballot Measure PAC.)

Argument in Opposition

Funny what the politicians do with the millions we send them!

$500 million: The cost for new, unnecessary, programs created by the 2001 Legislature according to Oregon Tax Research.

$29 million: Amount estimated that the Department of Health & Human Services has unspent from the previous budget.

$39 million: The amount the state could have saved if it had made better use of Temporary employees (as advised by state auditors back in 1996).

$25 million: An estimated amount if the politicians eliminated some of the 2000 vacant positions still existing in state government.

$24 million: The maximum amount identified by auditors on how much money was misspent by Multnomah County in the construction of four buildings.

$20 million: The amount the state would gain if it would sell off the fleet and privatize the state motor pool.

$10 million: The estimated welfare overpayments every budget cycle according to the Federal Government. The problem has been unresolved since 1996.

$8 million: The amount governor (while claiming the state was out of money) handed out in discretionary bonuses to public employees.

$1.2 million: The amount dedicated for light rail art projects.

There are many ideas to help government balance their budgets without new taxes. The politicians could sell unused government properties, increase competition among government services, and open up more timber land for harvesting. One idea, that would save millions, would be to create a state employee health insurance pool to stop skyrocketing health insurance costs. Oregon also needs a spending limit, like Colorado, so government does not grow faster than the citizen's ability to pay.

For access to over 100 common sense budget solutionscontact us at the
Taxpayer Association of Oregon
www.oregonwatchdog.com
(503) 603-9009

(This information furnished by Jason Williams, Taxpayer Association of Oregon Ballot Measure PAC.)

Argument in Opposition

"Finally, if history is any guide, states that try to respond to slow revenue
growth and budget deficits with tax hikes will not gain tax revenues, they will lose
businesses, jobs, and families. In the last U.S. recession, the states that
actually cut taxes to promote economic growth and job creation saw the most
rapid return to fiscal and economic health. States cannot tax their way to
prosperity; or balanced budgets for that matter. We believe this is the most
critical recession survival lesson of all."

"Crises in State Spending: A Guide for State Legislators"
Tax and Fiscal Policy Report, 2003
American Legislative Exchange Council

For more information on how taxes hurt the economy
contact us at the:
Taxpayer Association of Oregon
www.oregonwatchdog.com
(503) 603-9009

(This information furnished by Jason Williams, Taxpayer Association of Oregon Ballot Measure PAC.)

Argument in Opposition

Before each of our five kids left home for college, I had a heart-to-heart talk with them. I asked them to repeat after me "I...can't afford it." Why? Because one of the things they must learn is spending discipline - how to say "no thank you" because they can't afford it.

I am opposed to Measure 30, the $800 million tax increase our state legislators are trying to pass onto hard working Oregon families. Measure 30 will have a negative effect on Oregon; slowing the state's economic recovery, costing us jobs, and raising taxes on seniors, business owners and property owners.

We need to prioritize our needs and spend accordingly to deliver the results that are best for Oregon. Too often this is something our elected officials don't understand. Take for example:

  • The Oregon Department of Administrative Services which ordered seven luxury SUV's with premium CD players.1
  • The Oregon Department of Adult and Family Services which ordered a dozen high-end computers when comparable machines costing half as much were available.2
  • We Oregon taxpayers paid $212,000 for several members of the Public Utility Commission to travel around Armenia, Brazil, Hungary, Latvia, Portugal Romania and Zambia teaching others about Oregon's model utility systems.3

All of this and much more while funding for essential services goes wanting. It's just not right. The State Legislature has a responsibility to say "no thank you" to wasteful governmental spending, but in the meantime, Oregon voters should say "no thank you" to Measure 30.

Jim Zupancic
Candidate for Oregon's Fifth Congressional District

Paid for by Zupancic for Congress 2004, Inc.

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1,2,3 Source: 2002 Oregon Piglet Book, Citizens Against Government Waste and The Taxpayers Association of Oregon

(This information furnished by Jim Zupancic, Candidate for Congress, Oregon's Fifth Congressional District.)

Argument in Opposition

Where will it stop?! With high unemployment and low economic development, a new state tax will have nothing but a negative impact on our economy.

Voters in Multnomah County recently passed a local tax with the promise that it would protect schools and vital services. Multnomah County voters agreed to pay more and with Measure 30, we will be double taxed with new county AND state taxes.

Oregonians are again being asked for more taxes in the form of income, property, business, and cigarette taxes. In addition, there are higher taxes for specific groups: seniors, small businesses, corporations and even SUV owners.

One of the Multnomah County Commissioners dared to say that they might refund up to thirty percent of the county tax if the state tax is imposed. THIRTY PERCENT? MAYBE? Where will it end?

It seems that every time voters agree to pay higher taxes based on needs expressed to them by elected officials, the goal is moved further away. Taxpayers are continually strung along and asked for more money. It is as if we are an endless well politicians believe they can tap again and again.

We must put a stop to this! By allowing taxes to go up again in less than a year, we are only fostering the uncontrollable spending in state government. The situation is even worse in Multnomah County where double taxation will mean a windfall for county bureaucrats and drastically hurt thousands of families.

Send the message to our county and state officials that this can't continue.

Vote no on Measure 30.

Ruth Hermance
Gresham, Oregon

(This information furnished by Ruth L. Hermance.)

Argument in Opposition

OREGONIANS DESERVE MORE!

The root of Oregon's budget problem is not a lack of taxes; it is a lack of fiscal responsibility. The honest answer to our current shortfall is for government to act responsibly and do only what is necessary.

Fiscal discipline is the solution. The idea of multiple taxes was not hard to come up with - business as usual. It does not take innovation or restraint to continue throwing money around. The hard choice would have been to control spending and undertake a process of prioritizing and evaluating core government functions.

This state must aggressively encourage business and job creation, ultimately producing increased revenue. Businesses provide jobs and pay taxes; people with jobs pay taxes. By continuing to raise taxes on businesses, the state is driving away the very revenue it seeks. Businesses are leaving and we continue to lose jobs.

Economists from the Congressional Budget Office to numerous policy think tanks agree on a fundamental premise: raising taxes results in less revenue; lowering taxes results in increased revenue.

Washington Governor Gary Locke (D) resolved a $2 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Locke realized that tax increases were unacceptable and moved his state to a common sense "Priorities in Government" model: Budgeting should focus on achieving clearly defined results, not blindly adjusting spending levels. This bipartisan process enabled Washington to balance a budget without general tax increases. Oregon has these tools, but lacks the political will. The Oregon Audit Division Director confirms that our "budgets are not linked to the measures."

No measure of accountability or success, no insurance of efficiency. How can taxpayers know if the budget problems stem from a legitimate lack of revenue or from out-of-control spending?

Now is the time for a discussion about fair and equitable taxation to fund programs and services leaving no Oregonian behind, NOT the time to support the largest tax increase in Oregon history. Please vote NO!

(This information furnished by Representative Tootie Smith and Representative Linda Flores.)

Argument in Opposition

MEASURE 30 WILL BREAK THE BACKBONE OF OREGON'S ECONOMY.

Jobs. Community service. State and local tax revenues. These are all benefits provided to Oregon through the most important component of our economy - small businesses. The tax increases proposed in Measure 30 will break our small businesses, forcing them to cut jobs and close doors. This is NOT something Oregon can afford.

For 21 years, we have poured ourselves into the management of our small business. Working in the housing and the hospitality industries, we are able to share our great state with visitors and friends. While proud to share Oregon, we are deeply concerned with the direction policies like these tax increases are taking our state and its economy.

It has always been a privilege and joy to own a business of our own, but the pleasure is quickly becoming overshadowed by the obscene taxation Oregon's government continues to throw at us. Small businesses will be drastically affected by these taxes. In order to pay the increases, businesses will have to make cuts in the operating costs. Jobs. They will have to cut jobs and employment in order to make up for the outrageous hikes in taxes.

This is going to be the truth for small businesses throughout all of Oregon. Hotels, restaurants, builders, retailers, and many others will be forced to scale back employment costs. At a time when we already have outrageous unemployment and our larger companies are leaving at a rapid pace, we cannot afford to jeopardize the lives of our small businesses through unreasonable tax burdens.

Oregon needs jobs and economic development, not higher taxes and further constraints on the backbone of our economy. Help us protect small businesses. Help us protect jobs. Vote NO on Measure 30!

Susy and Kip Rice, Eugene

(This information furnished by Kip & Susy Aguilar Rice.)

Argument in Opposition

The Oregon Family Council urges Oregonians to vote NO on Measure 30

Taxes ARE a Family Value!

For nearly 25 years the Oregon Family Council has promoted policies to strengthen families. It is rare for us to take such a strong position on a tax issue. However, the impact of Measure 30's billion dollar tax increase on families is so devastating, we cannot keep silent.

Four Ways Measure 30 Hurts Families

1. Measure 30 increases family income and property taxes. Measure 30 raises income taxes by as much as 9%. It also removes the discount for timely payments of property taxes.

2. Measure 30 removes medical deductions for the elderly. For many seniors this will increase their annual taxes several hundred dollars.

3. Measure 30 could leave many families jobless. Oregon already leads the nation in unemployment. This billion dollar tax increase will hurt our struggling economy resulting in more layoffs.

4. Measure 30 will increase the cost of raising a family. Measure 30 increases five business taxes. These increases will be passed on to families in the form of higher prices.

Higher Taxes are not the Answer

Many families already struggle to make ends meet. Medical costs increase more than 15% each year, gasoline is nearing all-time highs and Oregon leads the nation in unemployment even before this tax increase!

School funding is touted as the primary reason for Measure 30. However, our research shows that it is involved parents, not increased school spending that contributes most to children's academic success. Because the increases of Measure 30 will require more time on the job to make ends meet, it won't solve our education problems, it will make them worse.

Please cast a vote for families, Vote NO on Measure 30!

(This information furnished by Michael P. White, Executive Director, Oregon Family Council.)

Argument in Opposition

The Road to Oregon's Future
By Goli Ameri, Republican for Congress, 1st Congressional District

Three months ago, Oregon's politicians made a poor choice. They passed a $1.1 billion tax increase on working families, homeowners, small businesses, and seniors. Now, because of Oregon's unique election laws, we voters have been given the chance to make a choice of our own. In February, we will decide to accept or reject this tax increase.

150,000 Oregon taxpayers signed a petition to refer the tax increase to you and I, the voters. As someone who invested much time and effort into the drive to gain signatures, it's no surprise where I stand. I will vote, and work hard, to stop this jobs-killing tax increase.

Here's why it's so important to me.

We've seen the destination that lies down the path of higher taxes. Oregonians suffer from the highest unemployment in the nation, a sluggish economy, and record-high rates of bankruptcy and small business closings. This not only hurts working families and small businesses, but is also robs vital programs like education and healthcare of precious resources.

Rejection of this tax increase means more money in our paychecks, more money for our kids' college education, our mortgages, car payments and credit card bills, and our retirements.

There exists a tested, proven and far more just way to provide government the revenue it needs without penalizing working men and women. It's the big government, high tax programs that have made Oregon an economic basket case. It's economic growth, more jobs, higher salaries, and the resultant higher revenues that will fix the problem. Ultimately, we can fund invaluable programs like healthcare and education if we bolster our economy.

That's the path over 150,000 Oregonians chose when they signed petitions to refer the taxes. Now let's vote together to reject it.

Goli Ameri, a high-tech small business owner, is also a Republican candidate for Congress in Oregon's First Congressional District.

(This information furnished by Goli Ameri, Goli Ameri for Congress 2004.)

Argument in Opposition

MEASURE 30 IS FAR MORE THAN INCOME TAXES

As Oregonians, we understand the need for services government is set up to provide: education, health care for the needy, roads, and public safety to name a few. As taxpayers, we understand the need to contribute for these services through fair and equitable taxation.

As senior citizens, we have spent years contributing through income and property taxes, as well as fees and charges hidden in everyday activity. Now, the Oregon Legislature wants us to pay more than our fair share.

We have been paying property taxes to local government for years; and, while we understand the necessity behind taxes, we cannot stomach it when we are taxed unfairly and excessively. This is exactly what Ballot Measure 30 would do.

Measure 30 goes far beyond the commonly discussed income tax surcharge. It will impose a 1.5 percent increase on property taxes by slashing the early payment discount in half.

Worse - state government is taking these property taxes for its own use, not leaving it to local governments as usual. Legislators and a governor that could not make the tough choices are turning to property owners to cover the state's budget shortfall.

The Governor said he would not raise taxes, yet supports a measure that will unfairly raise property taxes, hitting seniors and Oregonians who have spent years working toward home ownership. We ought to be encouraging the purchasing of homes, not forcing property owners into paying for a state government that cannot control spending.

We need to send a message once and for all to our elected representatives that enough is enough. Live within your budgets and stop asking Oregonians for more than they can give.

Please join us in voting No on Measure 30 this February!

Larry Baines & Roger King,
Medford

(This information furnished by Roger King and Larry Baines.)

Argument in Opposition

Good citizens should want to follow the lead of their rulers. But when rulers burden the people, it is their right and responsibility to seek relief. In the Bible, God's people asked their new ruler in 1 Kings 12 to lower their taxes, saying "lighten the hard service ... and heavy yoke on us, and we will serve you."

We are in the midst of difficult economic circumstances. Oregonians are straining to keep up with the burden of rising costs of health care, gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and other essentials. But their paychecks aren't growing, and in many cases, are getting smaller.

Now the Legislature is trying to raise our taxes, making our paychecks even smaller. Enough is enough. It's our right, and we think, our responsibility, to say "No" to the increased burden of higher taxes.

This new tax hike would:

  • Raise income taxes by as much as 9%! Did you get a 9% raise this year?
  • Increase taxes on the elderly by cutting their medical deductions! Do you want the tax bills of our sick seniors to increase?
  • Raise taxes on businesses! Do you want Oregon's economy to take yet another hit?
  • Cut your discount for timely payment of property taxes! Do you think your property taxes should go up?

Don't let the government bureaucracy make you feel guilty about saying "No" to more taxes. Have you ever known them to be content with the money they are taking? Wisdom tells us some people just can't get enough, ever. It's our job to tell them "No."

Prepared by Dennis Tuuri, Director of the Parents Education Association, a family-based biblical alternative to the National Education Association. See us at peapac.org

(This information furnished by Dennis R. Tuuri, Parents Education Association.)

Argument in Opposition

They want to raise your taxes while they exempt
million dollar condo

  • One condo in the 600 Block on Portland's NW 11th: Asking price: $1,975,000, annual property tax: $146.74 www.rmlsweb.com, 10/21/03
  • "...state and city virtually eliminate the property tax on spanking new $425,000 condos...", Steve Duin, The Oregonian, 01/19/03
  • 1300 block NW Irving St. - $18,496,020 untaxed value www.saveportland.com
  • $2,000 a month luxury apartment "...in a building whose owners don't pay property tax on the structure for 10 years." Scott Learn, The Oregonian 6/27/03

Such a deal for Portland's rich!

These are just a few examples of the tax breaks authorized by the Oregon State legislature that end up benefiting well connected developers and some of our richest residents. Now they want us to pay more tax! Just say NO!

But there's more!

In Multnomah County alone, another $53 million, paid by taxpayers, was diverted to urban renewal districts. This money is kept in their own district to pay for fancy new roads, sidewalks, parks and sewers while the rest of us have to make up the difference and pay for their basic services like police and fire protection. They live high on the hog while we pay! Just say NO!

Portland's urban renewal districts include:

  • Portland's yuppie theme park (the Pearl District)
  • Portland's Downtown Waterfront
  • Portland's South Park Blocks
  • Portland's Convention Center
  • Portland's South Waterfront - the City's new billion dollar scheme to subsidize construction of thousands of units of high-rise apartments and offices on the riverbank

Now they went all of us to make up the difference. Just say NO!

Shouldn't Portland's elite freeloaders pay their fair share before they ask the rest of us to pay more?

Just Say NO!

Not convinced yet? See more examples from actual property tax records at: www.SavePortland.com.

(This information furnished by James A. Karlock, www.SavePortland.com.)

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