Public hearing set to decide Development Tax Discount's fate

A public hearing on the Transportation Development Tax is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Washington County Public Services Building in Hillsboro.

On July 22, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with an amendment to remove a 20 percent discount on transportation taxes for building developers.

Following the hearing, if the process moves forward, the discount would end in late September, said county land-use spokesman Stephen Roberts.

“If development activity stays the same, the net effect would be an increase of 20 percent,” Roberts said.

Development billed $16 million in the last fiscal year; an additional 20 percent would reap $3.2 million more.

The Transportation Development Tax was enacted by voters in November 2008 and took effect July 1, 2009. It was designed to help fund transportation facilities within the county, including projects within cities.

Later in 2009, in response to changing economic conditions, the board implemented a temporary discount on the tax, to be reviewed annually in July.

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