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County Commissioners John Sweet & Melissa Cribbins are planning on deleting the expiration date of the Urban Renewal Agency, so its public debt can exist in perpetuity.
On Thursday August 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm in the Owen Building, the Coos County Board of Commissioners will consider adopting an ordinance to amend the North Bay Urban Renewal Plan to extend any accrued debt for eternity with a maximum indebtedness of Sixty Million Dollars.
TELL THE COMMISSIONERS
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BOC ~ Notice of Deliberation on JCEP Tuesday August 16, 2016
Public Meeting for Coos County April 19 & North Bend April 26, 2016 on JCEP
Open Letter to the Coos County Board of Commissioners Concerning the JCEP
Eminent Domain Protest in Coos Bay Monday April 4, 2016 ~ 5pm at The Mill Casino
LTE ~ Proponent Kissing Off Local Concerns About JCEP
LTE ~ More Transparency for the SCCF
Coos Bay School District Contract w/Superintendent Dawn Granger March 2014
LTE ~ Coos Bay School Board Ignoring Parents & Students
LTE ~ Leshley Still Uninformed
BOC ~ County Dog Board, Prisoner Release, Public Meeting for October 13, 14, & 15
Board of Commissioners Op-Ed for Measure 6-152 Transient Occupancy Tax
Coos Bay Alternative Location for Waste Water Treatment Plant Oct. 6, 2015
Bandon Cheese Factory Receives Private Financing & Still Pays No Property Taxes
LTE ~ Leshley Don't Know Dick About the JCEP Work Camp
Jody McCaffree Appeals LNG Road Construction Coos County Planning Oct. 9, 2015
Do Enterprise Zones Work? ~ An Ideopolis Policy Paper February 2011
Educational Enterprise Zone Workshop Roseburg OR Thursday, September 17, 2015
Coos County Planning Decisions on LNG & Effected Roads
LTE ~ CEP appears to be great for Canadian Veresen / JCEP
LTE ~ LNG Pipeline Man and His Bag of Money
LTE ~ Should We Be Worried Dealing with Veresen and the LNG
LTE~ A Package of Rancor for Coos County Commissioner John Sweet
The legislature's three leading gun grabbers have introduced yet another omnibus anti-gun bill. This one, SB 1065 includes language from several previous anti-gun bills that died due to a procedural error made by Floyd Prozanski, a sponsor of this bill.
The bill is a 26 page monstrosity, but here are the lowlights.
Among many other things this bill does, it nearly quintuples the length of time the State Police can deny you a firearms transfer with no cause.
It also drastically complicates the process for getting a concealed handgun license . Online classes will be prohibited unless the class is provided by the NRA or an "Oregon law enforcement agency or association. "
There are currently many other online class options for CHL courses. This bill would prohibit them all and give an almost exclusive online monopoly to NRA and the Oregon State Sheriffs Association.
(It's interesting to note that several years ago, NRA informed its instructors that if instructors offered their own online classes they risked having their certification revoked. More recently NRA changed their rules so that NRA classes could only be completed by students who took the NRA's online class. Even more recently, NRA reversed course again and agreed to allow certified NRA instructors to give complete NRA classes.)
The bill also requires live fire, something many NRA instructors are not in a position to offer, and it requires "training in the safe loading, unloading, storing and carrying of handguns and information on Oregon and relevant federal laws governing the lawful use of a firearm, including self-defense, the use of force, including deadly force, and the transportation and concealment of handguns."
While NRA instructors should certainly be qualified to train in loading, unloading and carrying of handguns, (and we hope this would be a normal part of any class), very few are qualified to teach Oregon laws and, in fact, NRA discourages instructors from getting into a discussion of statutes. Nowhere in this bill is there any discussion of what would make a person qualified to teach Oregon and Federal laws on self defense, or the use of force or deadly force. Not only would this bill prevent most instructors from teaching a CHL class to begin with, since most don't have ranges, but the potential liability to instructors is staggering.
We have no doubts that, should this bill pass, we will soon be faced with a requirement that CHL classes must be taught by lawyers. Think about the restrictions that will place on class availability and the added expense.
Of course, there is nothing that has happened in the almost 30 years that Oregon has offered CHL's that indicates any of this is necessary.
This bill does many other bad things and has serious technical flaws, but its clear intent is to create more obstacles and impediments to lawful firearms ownership.
Please take action now and tell the Oregon Senate to vote no on SB 1065.
The House Revenue Committee, chaired by Representative Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene), held a hearing Thursday on an important lodging tax bill for cities and counties. The League testified in support of HB 2064 with a dash-1 amendment that revises state preemptions on the use of local lodging tax revenues in order to increase flexibility for addressing tourist-related costs. The flexibility would allow restricted revenues to be used for maintenance of tourist-related facilities as well as the costs of tourism activities, tourist events and festivals, sporting events,
tourist attractions, and beautification projects that enhance tourist attractions, tourism facilities and tourist events.
In addition, the amendment would revise the definition for transient lodging intermediary to ensure all business model types that facilitate the retail sale of rooms or homes are required
to collect lodging taxes as well as file a tax return and pay the taxes. Presently, some entities are not paying the tax or require an agreement with a local government to pay the tax. Another amendment may be necessary to clarify that no double taxation is intended by the revisions. The intent is that either the transient lodging provider is responsible for the tax, or if an intermediary is used by the provider, that intermediary will be responsible for paying the tax.
The committee’s discussion of the amendment was lengthy and very lively as there is great interest this session in providing local governments more flexibility as long as the changes are narrowly tailored to maintain a nexus to tourism. Oregon’s local lodging tax revenues have more than doubled since the 2003 preemptions went into effect, but increased tourism costs are also hamstringing the budgets of some cities and counties. Public safety costs for tourist events and activities are a particular need that legislators seem receptive to addressing this session.
The League will continue to work with the committee to advance the bill.
Contact: Wendy Johnson, Intergovernmental Relations Associate – email@example.com
The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis issued its quarterly revenue forecast on Tuesday, informing lawmakers that state revenues for the 2017-19 biennium are expected to exceed March projections by $187 million. This lowers the deficit between projected revenues and current service levels for the upcoming biennium from $1.6 billion to nearly $1.4 billion. The net revenue projections would have been much higher, but the economists are now projecting that both the corporate and the personal income tax kicker will be triggered. Oregon's kicker law requires a tax rebate when the state's general fund grows at least 2 percent larger than projected.
Economists anticipate revenues will exceed the threshold for the personal income tax kicker by $69.9 million, and $408 million will be returned to tax payers as an income tax credit for filings in 2018.
However, because the margins are so small, that kicker is not a certainty. The state economist put odds of not triggering it at 1 in 3. A $75.5 million corporate kicker is also possible, but will not be returned or credited to corporate taxpayers because in 2012 Oregon voters directed future corporate kicker money to K-12 education spending.
The projected increases in overall revenues are largely the result of higher April income tax revenues, estate tax increase and an increased ending balance. The state’s unemployment rate is still below the national average, but job growth is slowing significantly throughout the state and across industries. Lottery revenues are projected to increase $3.6 million for the remainder of the 2015-17 biennium, and an additional $9.6 million for the 2017-19 biennium. The May forecast provides the final budget number for legislative leadership and the Joint Ways & Means Committee to use in finalizing the legislatively-approved budget for the 2017-19 biennium. The forecast was presented to a joint meeting of the House Revenue and Senate Finance and Revenue committees, chaired by Representative Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene) and Senator Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) respectively. The next forecast will be released August 23.
Contact: Wendy Johnson, Intergovernmental Relations Associate – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 2:08 PM
To: Craig Zanni
Subject: Press Release from February
Re: Seat Belt Blitz
I know you have a difficult job and you have to enforce the law. I know all the safety reasons for wearing a seatbelt. I know all the statistics and facts when it comes to auto accidents, yet it is still one of my most despised laws. I paid a ridiculously high fine in another city just for forgetting to put on my seatbelt after simply going through a drive-thru. I do not like wearing it and I do not like the way the Feds forced it down the throat of state legislators.
In addition, some might see this exercise as a waste of resources when some areas of the county are in a crime wave.
I personally would prefer your deputies to focus on protecting property and the rights of my family rather than worrying about my safety.
I appreciate everything you do for the community and you have my upmost respect, but I have to protest these types of blitzes.
Could you please give me a statement that can be posted publicly about this issue?
Several people have contacted me with questions and dissatisfaction in focusing on something that they believe should be a personal choice. Children are a different story, but for consenting adults, it just seems petty and punitive.
Sincerely, Rob Taylor
February of 2017, but then it was resent out on May 11, 2017.
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