We got our property tax bill today, along with our ballots for the upcoming election. There are a slew of new taxes and bond measures on the ballot for this election, and I'm voting No on all of them.
Measure 97, pushed by the public employee unions, would tax "big corporations" on gross sales; driving up the cost of everything from food and medicines to utilities and appliances. It will add public employee "jobs" at the cost of 30,000 private-sector jobs, and it'll cost each and every resident - according to independent analysts - an extra $600 per year.
Metro wants another bond measure for "greenspaces", although they lack any accountability.
City of Portland wants around $300 million to build "affordable housing" - which is not a core government function.
And the list goes on. Taken all together, the bond measures alone total over a billion dollars, all tacked onto property taxes.
The renters will vote for them, as usual - so it's no wonder Portland "leaders" want to add more rentals all through the city.
We are so looking forward to peddling our house and getting out of Portland.
Weird isn't working.