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Oregon is not a sales tax state, and the city of Madras should not tax prepared food to pay for road work

Voting no on city tax

I thought Oregon wasn't a sales tax state.

I attended a Madras City Council meeting on Jan. 14, in regards to Ordinance No. 942. The city is wanting to put this on an upcoming voter's ballot. Five percent sales tax on prepared food and beverages at restaurants, cafes, fast-food chains, local food carts, delis and drive-through coffee booths. Taxes collected would be for street repairs and maintenance.

There are a number of streets in town that are needing repairs — that should have been done years ago. But due to bad budget management, it wasn't done. Perhaps all three levels of our government — city, county and state — should take a refresher course on economics and budgeting education. Not more taxes. Join me in voting no on Ordinance No. 942 when it comes up.

Terry Caldwell

Madras


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