Corvallis, on its webpage for the 2019 local option levy (Measure 2-123) FAQ, tells us that our property tax bills will not go up. I disagree. I calculate that if the levy passes, real estate taxes in most of Corvallis will increase by 8 percent over what it was the previous year, 2018-2019. If it fails, real estate taxes will increase by 2.4 percent. I also calculate that Corvallis real estate taxes have been doubling every 17.6 years. For details, see item No. 1 on my website, www.peak.org/~detweij.
According to a memorandum from the Corvallis public information officer to the City Council, dated March 25, about $728 will be expended from the budget to install signs around town to "inform" the community about the measure. The Oregon Secretary of State has reviewed the signs and the local option webpage for compliance with ORS 260.432; but, do the signs and webpage objectively inform or do they propagandize? The voter will have to decide.
As I keep saying, "We need to plan ahead. We need to set priorities and make choices." Do we subsidize recreation, create a 911 service-taxing district, or do we buy a new courthouse and jail? Which are the more important items? Moreover, we know that PERS is going to keep absorbing tax money. Do we want to drive old people on fixed incomes and people who do not make much money out of Corvallis by making housing less affordable (see item No. 2 on my website)?
Corvallis (March 30)