July 22, 2014

Are you receiving an 85% Increase in Government Services?
by Dan Lucas, The Oregon Catalyst

Property taxes are very important to Oregon cities, counties and schools. While the state government’s general fund depends largely on income taxes, county and city governments get most of their tax base from property taxes, and school districts and community colleges get large portions of their funding from property taxes.
 

Measure 5 and Measure 50, which were passed by Oregon voters in the 1990s, served to slow the growth of property tax collections. Measure 5 limited property taxes to 1.5% of assessed value and Measure 50 limited how quickly the assessed value could be raised to 3% a year.
 

During the 42 years between 1971 and 2013, statewide property ta...

October 12, 2012

 

 

Corvallis Spends Tax Dollars to Modify People’s Behavior

 

Teaching people to screw in Green Light Bulbs
and Ride Bicycles ​

So far behind they’ll never catch up!
Unattainable goals within grant period
Not a proper role of government!​​

 

SALEM-Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation’s Executive Director and former State Representative Jeff Kropf announced Petunia the Pork Detective’s latest recipient of the highly coveted ‘Porker Award’ to the city of Corvallis for the ‘Climate Showcase’ grant failure.

 

​In early 2001, the EPA awarded Corvallis a three year grant to teach their residents and businesses how to reduce energy use and carbon emissions using a program called ‘Energize Corvallis’. Unfortunately, after a year and a half of spending tax dollars t...

July 23, 2012

Tax Dollars Pay for Study to Study Other Studies

Government doesn't know the cost!

Project had no budget!

Government doesn't even know who authorized it!


Congratulations to the Oregon Health Authority for the 'Shadow Flicker' study (officially titled the Wind Energy Health Impact Assessment). 134 pages that took 18 months to complete concluding that giant wind turbine blades don't trigger epileptic seizures and there is no evidence that wind turbine sounds cause human stress.

November 28, 2011

Spending $370,600 to purchase a solar project. According to The Oregonian, the funding sources for the project include subsidies and other TriMet indebtedness that will result in a 65 year pay off of the debt...for an experiment. Is this a wise use of transporation dollars?

 

An alternative energy experiment?
 

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