Daily Archives: August 13, 2010

Tri-Met Wants $125 MIllion for New Buses

From the Zero

TriMet wants to replace 150 aging, hard-to-access buses so that it can better serve the approaching wave of retiring baby boomers.

The TriMet board voted unanimously Wednesday to put the property-tax measure on the ballot. If approved, it would cost the owner of a median-priced $240,000 home in the Metro area $19 and change each year.

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TriMet said the new bonds wouldn’t raise taxes, since they would simply replace the ones approved by voters in 1990 for the westside MAX line.

However, property owners wouldn’t see a reduction they would have otherwise seen once those bonds are paid off in 2012.

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Multnomah County May Raise Property Tax to Support Historical Groups

From the Portland Tribune

Cash-strapped Oregon Historical Society hopes Multnomah County voters will consider a small property tax levy in November to keep the downtown Portland historical museum and library afloat.

Museum supporters will ask Multnomah County commissioners next week to put a five-year property tax levy on the November ballot, says George Vogt, Oregon Historical Society executive director. The measure would raise about $2.1 million annually for five years by charging property owners a nickel for each $1,000 in assessed value. That’s about $10 for owners of a typical home assessed for $200,000.

“It gives us time to figure out another solution with the state,” Vogt says.

The historical society, which is operating at a deficit and expects to exhaust its cash reserves next year, has lost most of its state funding. The nonprofit, the official repository for Oregon’s historical treasures, has survived mostly on state funding since its founding 112 years ago.

I thought measures 66 & 67 cured all of this?

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How’s That Recovery Going For You?

Hearing news that we are heading into recovery and turned the corner and such, a couple of Columbian articles make me question if we really are or not.

Per capita income down 3% in Portland-Vancouver

Home sales in county tumble 48 percent in July

For all of the campaign rhetoric around the country of “we cannot go back to the failed policies of George W. Bush,” I don’t know about you, but I sure enjoyed a higher standard of living during those “failed policies.”

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Facing Ethics Charges? Just Blame Bush.

Now that embattled Democrat, Charlie Rangel has received his sweetheart deal, yet another embattled Democrat is facing ethics charges. California Democrat Maxine Waters (no relation) is facing charges of using her influence for personal gain by directing bail out funds to a lone back her husband helped create and sat on the board of.

Her defense? Why, blame Bush, what else?

“The question at this point should not be why I called Secretary Paulson, but why I had to,” she said. “The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the crisis.”
But the House ethics committee, which is investigating Waters for allegedly improperly using her position for personal gain, says in its report of charges that when the meeting was held, the officers of only one bank came — OneUnited.

Fox News

Waters insists she “will not cut a deal.”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Tri-Met Wants $125 MIllion for New Buses

From the Zero

TriMet wants to replace 150 aging, hard-to-access buses so that it can better serve the approaching wave of retiring baby boomers.

The TriMet board voted unanimously Wednesday to put the property-tax measure on the ballot. If approved, it would cost the owner of a median-priced $240,000 home in the Metro area $19 and change each year.

————–

TriMet said the new bonds wouldn’t raise taxes, since they would simply replace the ones approved by voters in 1990 for the westside MAX line.

However, property owners wouldn’t see a reduction they would have otherwise seen once those bonds are paid off in 2012.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Multnomah County May Raise Property Tax to Support Historical Groups

From the Portland Tribune

Cash-strapped Oregon Historical Society hopes Multnomah County voters will consider a small property tax levy in November to keep the downtown Portland historical museum and library afloat.

Museum supporters will ask Multnomah County commissioners next week to put a five-year property tax levy on the November ballot, says George Vogt, Oregon Historical Society executive director. The measure would raise about $2.1 million annually for five years by charging property owners a nickel for each $1,000 in assessed value. That’s about $10 for owners of a typical home assessed for $200,000.

“It gives us time to figure out another solution with the state,” Vogt says.

The historical society, which is operating at a deficit and expects to exhaust its cash reserves next year, has lost most of its state funding. The nonprofit, the official repository for Oregon’s historical treasures, has survived mostly on state funding since its founding 112 years ago.

I thought measures 66 & 67 cured all of this?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

How’s That Recovery Going For You?

Hearing news that we are heading into recovery and turned the corner and such, a couple of Columbian articles make me question if we really are or not.

Per capita income down 3% in Portland-Vancouver

Home sales in county tumble 48 percent in July

For all of the campaign rhetoric around the country of “we cannot go back to the failed policies of George W. Bush,” I don’t know about you, but I sure enjoyed a higher standard of living during those “failed policies.”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Facing Ethics Charges? Just Blame Bush.

Now that embattled Democrat, Charlie Rangel has received his sweetheart deal, yet another embattled Democrat is facing ethics charges. California Democrat Maxine Waters (no relation) is facing charges of using her influence for personal gain by directing bail out funds to a lone back her husband helped create and sat on the board of.

Her defense? Why, blame Bush, what else?

“The question at this point should not be why I called Secretary Paulson, but why I had to,” she said. “The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the crisis.”
But the House ethics committee, which is investigating Waters for allegedly improperly using her position for personal gain, says in its report of charges that when the meeting was held, the officers of only one bank came — OneUnited.

Fox News

Waters insists she “will not cut a deal.”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com