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Letter writer Michael Patrick of Gresham is voting 'no' on Metro's homeless tax - Measure 26-210.

In the past 14 to 16 months new taxes have been coming at us at record speed. The Parks bond, Affordable Housing bond, gross receipts tax (CAT), state corporate and personal income tax, city of Portland business license tax, Multnomah County business income tax, Portland clean energy surcharge.

And that's just in the past year or so.

On the November ballot we'll see the library bond, Portland school bond, a billion dollar (billion with a B) transportation tax package, universal preschool personal income tax, a gas tax renewal request.

Your head spinning yet?

Among all of these, Metro wants two new income taxes. I count over a dozen new taxes in a very short time that is, or will, be adding to the cost of everything we buy. No matter how good the reason, the weight of these taxes is a heavy load.

COVID-19 could not have come at a worst time. How am I going to pay for all of these new taxes and deal with the pandemic?

I am voting NO on Metro's homeless tax Measure 26-210. I want to help the homeless, but this is just too many taxes at the absolute wrong time.

Michael Patrick

Gresham


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