Letter to the editor: Nov. 12, 2011
County government growing with library district proposal
Does it strike anyone else as unusual that we have the second-largest public library system in the country here (see the Nov. 2 issue of The Outlook), but live in the 22nd largest city?
Does it strike anyone else as unusual that whenever the Multnomah County government decides to 'get out' of a management assignment, which they've held for a while, that their tax base doesn't shrink accordingly?
If it walks like a duck, etc. This library taxing district proposal is a back-door property-tax increase of significant size. We must demand that if implemented, it will be accompanied by a like reduction in Multnomah County's tax revenues. You may make that demand through your city hall, since this change will require an Intergovernmental Agreement between all the involved governmental units.