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Want to learn more about taxes and what they fund? Come to the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

COURTESY PHOTO  - Mary Nolan

You may have heard of Mary Nolan, a Democratic politician who served 12 years in the Oregon House of Representatives.

She served as majority leader from 2008 to 2010 and as co-chair of the Committee on Ways and Means.

Nolan pushed state agencies to emphasize equity, effectiveness and long-term benefits in public services from corrections to housing, education to transportation, and healthcare to environmental stewardship. All of Nolan's experience gives her a great insight and perspective on taxes.

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center has invited Nolan to facilitate a conversation on taxes beginning at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the center. While citizens and businesses expect services such as education, transportation and protection, we understand they are paid for by taxes.

Taxpayers often disagree on what should qualify as a public service and how taxes to pay for them are collected. What are the effects — intended and unintended — of different kinds of taxes? What are the best and worst aspects of local, state and federal laws?

This is a Conversation Project presentation sponsored by Oregon Humanities. Admission is free, but registration to ensure adequate seating is requested. Call the center to register and be prepared to share your thoughts on taxation at the event.

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The lunch menu this week features chicken pot pie on Friday, Feb. 7; chili on Monday, Feb. 10; and pesto tortellini on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found at loacc.info, click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.


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