Tuesday deadline looms for $727 million tax vote

Tuesday deadline looms for $727 million tax vote

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by Eric Adams

kgw.com

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:55 AM

Poll:
How are you voting on Measures 66 and 67?

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Election officials were predicting a 65 percent turnout for Tuesday's special election on Ballot Measures 66 and 67, which would raise about $727 million in revenue.

The deadline for mail-in ballots has passed so voters must submit ballots at drop boxes around the state. Those who have not yet decided how to vote have until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Where to vote

Registered voters who have misplaced their ballots may still vote, according to the Division of Elections. Local elections officials must be contacted to ensure every voter receives the opportunity to cast a ballot.

The measures, about 5.5 percent of the state's General Fund, were passed by the state Legislature to plug a forecasted funding gap of $3.1 billion if state programs were to continue at current funding levels through 2011.


Read: Measure 66 | Measure 67 | Voter's Pamphlet

Watch: KGW Straight Talk on measures  


More than three-fourths of the state General Fund is spent on education, public safety, health and other human services, according to the Oregon Department of Revenue.

If the measures pass - a "Yes" vote - the Legislature will raise taxes on for-profit and non-profit corporations, and on wealthy individuals, in order to fully fund government services at their current levels.

If the measures are overturned - a "No" vote - the Legislature must cut public services, including education, health and human services, and public safety, which account for 93 percent of the Oregon General Fund budget, according to the Oregon Center for Public Policy.

If passed, the revenue would be assessed on 2009 and 2010 state tax filings. The state has said it will not begin considering individual tax returns for 2009 until the results of Tuesday's vote have been determined.

Here are the editorials on Measures 66 and 67 from the four Oregon daily newspapers with the largest circulations:

The Oregonian | Eugene Register-Guard (series)

Salem Statesman-Journal | Bend Bulletin
 

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