A bill that would allow the city of Ontario to go to voters for more local tax revenues from the sales of recreational cannabis goods is still winding its way through Oregon’s short legislative session. However, there has been a slight amendment. As introduced by Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, Senate Bill 1506 would allow municipalities to raise the local tax up from the 3% cap to no more than 10% by ordinance. Voters would get the final say on the matter during a General Election.
Though the city of Ontario is not named in the bill, as amended, the focus has been narrowed to those cities which are in a county with a population of 30,000 or more and which Xborder another state that prohibits the sale of cannabis. During a work session on Monday, Findley said the bill was a “home-rule issue.” He noted that there are three counties in Oregon that border Idaho, but only one — Malheur County — has a population that would fit the bill. And in the county, only one city — Ontario — fits the bill.
“It only affects one county and one city,” he said. “It’s about as narrow as we can get and still be legal to legislative counsel.”
This is the second time that Findley, has tried to pass such a bill on behalf of the city of Ontario, and the second time that the city of Ontario has paid a lobbying firm to see the bill get passed.
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