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Details of tax proposals to replace state shortfalls

Whose plan: Multnomah County Commissioner Lisa Naito

Proposed method: A three-year Multnomah County income tax with the same rate increases as Measure 28. Under the plan, 40 percent goes to schools, 30 percent to public safety and 30 percent to human services.

How much it would raise: Uncertain

Why: To stabilize schools, reopen jail space, restore cuts to the district attorney's office and avoid dismantling the support system for the mentally ill

Background: Multnomah County approved Measure 28 last month by 57-43 percent, the only county in the region where it passed. Naito says her plan can get approved by county commissioners without a vote by the public.

Who pays: Income tax payers

Whose plan: City of Portland and Multnomah County

Proposed method: Changing the business income tax in each jurisdiction by lowering the income tax and adding a payroll tax

How much it would raise: The proposal under consideration wouldn't increase the amount raised but change the way it's levied. In the 2000-01 fiscal year, the taxes generated a total of $81.8 million Ñ $51.9 million for the city and $29.9 million for the county.

Why: Government officials and business leaders think the business income taxes, as written, are unfair and hamper the county's ability to attract new jobs.

Background: The proposal, drafted by city, county and business officials, may go before the City Council and the county board of commissioners for approval sometime this winter.

Who pays: Business owners

Whose plan: City and county leaders, school advocates

Proposed method: A surcharge for schools on the payroll tax that may be part of the new business income tax.

How much it would raise: Uncertain, but probably between $20 and $50 million

Why: Community leaders and education advocates want to prevent school cuts that could mean student-teacher ratios of 36-to-1 or more and worry that poor schools could cripple economic recovery.

Background: Plan still under debate. Will take effect only if Legislature doesn't provide 'adequate' funding for schools. School advocates want the city and county commissioners to include the surcharge in the business income tax reform.

Who pays: Business owners. The business income tax today raises about $80 million annually for the city and county. An increase in revenue of $20 million would represent a 25 percent increase in overall business taxes.

Whose plan: Portland city Commissioners Randy Leonard, Dan Saltzman and Erik Sten.

Proposed method: A surcharge on the proposed payroll tax coupled with a local income tax Ñ either for the city of Portland or all of Multnomah County Ñ with both taxes earmarked for schools.

How much it would raise: Uncertain. Depends partly on the outcome of teacher union talks and PERS reforms.

Why: To restore not just the full school year but to ensure the full measure of programs, with art, music, textbooks and sports

Background: Plan is among the local school funding proposals being considered by city and county leaders. The three commissioners think this spreads the burden evenly among business and the general public and would allow schools to flourish. They hope the public will like it because all the money is earmarked directly for K-12 schools. A city income tax might require a public vote.

Who pays: Business owners and income tax payers

Whose plan: TriMet

Proposed method: An increase in its payroll taxing authority from 0.628 percent to 0.728 percent, phased in over 10 years.

How much it would raise: Uncertain

Why: To pay for new transit service. Several new transit initiatives involve TriMet, including the Washington County commuter rail, two potential light-rail lines to Clackamas County, the Lake Oswego streetcar and more frequent bus service on major bus routes.

Background: The TriMet board will decide next week if it will ask the Legislature for the right to make the increase. The payroll tax pays 57 percent of TriMet's operating costs.

Who pays: Business owners

Whose plan: Metro

Proposed method: An extra $15 annual vehicle registration fee, expiring after paying for a specific set of projects.

How much it would raise: With bonds and federal money, it could pay for $1.2 billion worth of projects.

Why: To help widen freeways, build the Sunrise Corridor from Interstate 205 to Damascus, build the freeway connecting Interstate 5 and Oregon Highway 99W near Tualatin, build Clackamas County light rail, expand rapid transit bus service and build the Beaverton-Wilsonville commuter rail line.

Background: Drafted by a Metro task force mostly representing the private sector, the proposal calls for a citizen oversight committee to monitor expenditures. A public vote likely would be required.

Who pays: Vehicle owners