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HR County Hearing On Tax Measures Sparsely Attended

Following a surprisingly sparsely attended public hearing in the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center, the Hood River County Commission formally voted to put measures seeking a five percent prepared food and beverage tax and a five-year local property tax option of 89 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value on the May 21 ballot.  Only eight people spoke, a number of whom expressing their objection to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainees being held at NORCOR.  County Commission Chair Mike Oates was surprised by the small turnout, but he expects to field a number of questions leading up to the election.  In an opening statement before the hearing, Oates said the loss of federal and state revenue, fluctuating timber revenues, and property tax limitations have all contributed to putting the County in the fiscal position it is in today.