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ODFW looks at bottle, income tax to raise money

Agency with cash flow trouble seeks new revenue sources.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist releases a sterile tiger trout into Diamond Lake to prey on invasive fish. A task force has recommended two possible sources of additional funding for the department.SALEM — A task force convened to suggest new sustainable funding sources for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have settled on two recommended options that each take the form of tax surcharges — one on income and one on beverage containers.

The department is operating on a biennium budget of about $370 million. A third of that comes from hunting and fishing licenses, a third from the federal government, and the rest for various state funds.

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