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Should Oregon replace property taxes with a sales tax? That question came up in a radio debate on 1110 KBND between Democrat Nathan Hovecamp of Bend and Republican Jason Conger, also of Bend.
 
Incumbent Jason Conger says he wouldn't support a sales tax, even a cirucumstance where it would replace property or income taxes.
 
 "i have been consistantly opposed to a sales tax- mostly because it starts creeping - it goes up a quarter of a point and people don't notice it and then you end up with a sales tax that's like california's that is now north of 10 percent - that being said, i do think we are at a point in our state's revenue picture where we need to look comprehensively at our sources of revenue at what incentives they create for people to work and to save and we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work on it." 
 
Nathan Hovecamp also responded to the caller's question. 
 
 "WELL FIRST LET ME SAY THAT I THINK OUR TAX BURDEN ON WORKING PEOPLE AND FAMILIES IS SIGNIFICANT AND I'M NOT INTERESTED IN INCREASING THE OVERALL TAX BURDEN ON THE MIDDLE CLASS- WORKING FOLKS --   SINCE YOU ASKED THE QUESTION- I MIGHT CONSIDER A REFERENDUM - NOT BY LEGISLATIVE FIAT - BUT A REFERENDUM THAT WOULD GO TO THE PEOPLE TO CONSIDER A MODEST CONSUMPTION TAX - I THINK IT WOULD HAVE TO BE A DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR TRADE OFF - AS YOU SUGGEST SIR - WITH EITHER INCOME TAXES OR PROPERTY TAXES - I DON'T WANT TO INCREASE THE OVERALL TAX BURDEN ON working families BUT I THINK IT MIGHT GO A LONG WAYS TOWARDS STABILIZING OUR REVENUE- IT MIGHT also CAPTURE SOME OUT OF STATE TOURISm DOLLARS... "
 
Conger is the incumbent in the District 54 race.  Voters will decide that race on November 6th.  

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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