Timber Tax Fairness for Counties, Water and Forests

Please join Tax Fairness Oregon in Hood River, Clackamas and Wasco counties on a Zoom call, Monday, Nov. 23, 6:00-7:30 PM for a discussion of "Timber Tax Fairness: for Counties, Water and Forests.”

Learn about the shocking reality that Oregon's timber corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes and how it impacts rural  communities.This will be a community conversation about revenue restoration for forested counties, tax fairness, funding essential local services, and protecting drinking water. The presentation will include opportunities to ask questions and explore possible solutions. 

Monday, November 23rd, 6:00-7:30 PM 

Sponsored by Tax Fairness Oregon

  • Why can't some counties afford essential services? 
  • What do timberland corporate owners contribute to county needs?
  • What’s happening in our watersheds?  

Guest Speakers:

Jody Wiser, tax policy expert, Tax Fairness Oregon

Richard Felley, retired water district manager, past director Tillamook Estuaries Partnership 

Catherine Thomasson, MD, Retired Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility

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For more information, please contact:

Catherine Thomasson
503-819-1170

 

Background:

Recent articles by Tony Schick of OPB and Rob Davis of the Oregonian and ProPublica revealed the shocking reality that Oregon's timber corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes. For decades these corporations have worked to incrementally reduce their tax liability, and, as a result, rural communities have suffered. 

Here are the articles that explain how the timber industry managed to get its tax burden decreased by about three billion dollars since 1991:

https://www.propublica.org/article/what-happened-when-a-public-institute-became-a-de-facto-lobbying-arm-of-the-timber-industry

https://features.propublica.org/oregon-timber/severance-tax-cut-wall-street-private-logging-companies/  

A group of coastal residents are now exploring ways to reinstate fair timber taxes to fill the hole left in Oregon's rural county budgets created by the elimination of the tax that helped to pay for county services. State legislative counsel is drafting the citizen legislative concept to reinstate a severance timber tax to 1990 levels and redirect that funding to local communities and support watershed restoration, water and emergency preparedness infrastructure. It would also provide a tax reduction to those companies that switch to more environmentally-sound forestry practices (no pesticide use and longer crop rotation to mitigate climate change and improve water quality). 

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