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Property tax -- Law and legislation -- Oregon, Urban policy -- Oregon -- Portland -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Politics and government -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Social conditions -- Periodicals


In January 1979, your Committee was appointed to study and report on the tax relief measures that would be before the Oregon Legislature during its 1979 Session. At that time, it appeared that one or more of the measures might be placed on a special election ballot in May 1979. As the legislative session progressed, it became clear that no special election would be held in May 1979, and that there would be no tax relief measure on any Oregon ballot before May 1980. Your Committee, therefore, was asked to remain in existence to study any tax relief measures that might appear on the 1980 primary or general election ballot, whether they were generated by the Legislature or by initiative petition.

This report is concerned primarily with two tax relief bills approved by the Oregon Legislature in 1979: HB 2540 and HB 2589. Several parts of these bills have already gone into effect; others will become effective only if State Measure No. 5 is approved by the voters at the 1980 primary election. No other tax relief measures will be on the May primary ballot, and it is not yet known whether any other tax relief plans will be on the November general election ballot.

Published in City Club of Portland Bulletin Vol. 60, No. 48

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