Occupational Background:Athletic Field Maintenance; Greenskeeper; Revenue Officer; Administrative Manager, Brussels, Belgium; Parts Sales Representative; Foreign Freight Forwarder; Detective Division Clerk, Portland Police Bureau
Educational Background:Woodstock Grade School; Franklin High School, George Washington University; Portland State University, BA Business Administration, Certificate International Business Studies; Intern, President Hotel, Capetown, South Africa; Lloyd Porter Award for International Business Studies; AIESEC, International Association of Business Students
Prior Governmental Experience:None
Military Background:US Navy; Naval Support Activity, Dong Tam, Vietnam; USS Concord AFS-5
Memberships:Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Past chapter commander and Life Member, Disabled American Veterans; Member, Mobile Riverine Force Association
Political Background:Multnomah County Democratic Party; Precinct Committee Person; Chair, Platform, Resolution and Legislation Committee
Volunteer Background:High School Site Council; Youth Soccer Coach, Youth Soccer Board; Richmond Neighborhood Association; Richmond Neighborhood Emergency Team, union steward
WE DONT NEED A SALES TAX! We have an income tax system that doesnt work. There are tens of thousands of people in Oregon who use fraud to illegally avoid payment of income tax. Everyone should pay taxes according to the law.
We have a property tax system that doesnt work. There are more than 20,000 properties in Multnomah County that are exempt from property tax. We need to review those exempt properties to insure we want them to be exempt.
Our tax law enforcement system does not work. More than $1.5 Billion is due Oregon Department of Revenue. More than $42 Billion is due Internal Revenue Service. Neither the state nor the federal government is making a concerted effort to collect delinquent amounts. There are more than $35 Million due in Multnomah County Property Tax. The method to collect delinquent property tax is lengthy and cumbersome. Law enforcement methods need to change!
We dont know how tax supported entities use tax dollars. Each tax supported entity needs to be audited and the public needs to be aware of how tax dollars are used.
(This information furnished by Gordon Hillesland.)