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Letter writer Jim Hathaway of Gresham is voting no on Metro's Measure 26-210, saying it's bad timing to ask businesses for more money.

The issue of homelessness is troubling. I'm saddened, and I'm sure most of us are, when I see people in such desperation. But putting new taxes on the ballot right now amid so many economic unknowns is not the way to help.

Metro says it has been working on this measure for several years. I believe them. But they should have worked on it a little longer and supplied more detail of how they are going to implement, manage and spend the estimated $250 million in new taxes this measure will bring to Metro.

It's a lot of money to be taken from people and businesses who could spend the $250 million on necessities like rent, employee salaries and day-to-day business survival.

I try to take a thoughtful look at tax measures and tend to agree with most of them. This one has bad timing and too few details in it for me to support. I'm a no vote on the Metro income tax measure 26-210.

Jim Hatheway

Gresham


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