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Letter writer Bess Wills says Metro's Measure 26-210 lacks a solid plan of action, and will harm her ability to afford payroll and benefits for her employees.

Both my business and my personal funds will be impacted by the two new income taxes Metro has on the May ballot. Measure 26-210 has a laudable goal. Homelessness is a horrible human problem. It breaks my heart to see anybody suffer from disease or addiction.

But this Metro measure is asking me to make a choice between keeping my employees on the payroll, paying their health care benefits, my rent and electric bill, or a $250 million measure with no plans of what the money is going to buy. That's an easy decision for me. My employees and their health come first.

Add that to the seven new taxes Metro, Multnomah County and the state have passed in the past 14 months, it is just too much. The gross receipts tax alone will impact staffing decisions at my company and many companies like mine for a very long time.

Putting new taxes on the ballot now during the COVID -19 virus makes Metro's decision a horrible example of government aggressive overreach. When given a choice like this, I choose my employees to use any funds I have available, not Measure 26-210's new income tax grab.

Bess Wills


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