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Timber dependent counties used to be supported by a property tax on the timber when it was cut, called the severance tax which started in 1929. But the tax was phased out in the 1990’s.
The Severance tax was supposed to be replaced by increased yearly property taxes, but in fact, property taxes were capped.
This led to significant reduction of services in more rural counties with loss of revenue to pay for libraries, schools, roads, law enforcement, water protection, etc.
In addition, much of the private industrial timber land in Oregon is owned by REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) and TIMOs (Timber Investment Management Organizations).
If there is one thing we can learn from the COVID19 pandemic, it is that listening to scientists saves lives. The Governor is listening to climate scientists. Her recent Executive Order directing state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will save lives. Read our blog post about Governor Brown’s Executive Order.
Chair: Catherine Thomasson | [email protected]
Vice Chair: Doyle Canning | [email protected]
Treasurer: Jaiden Oquendo
Secretary: Alexis Biddle
SCC Delegate: Heather Bishop
SCC Alternate: Michael Calhoun
Membership Standing Committee Chair: Sally DeSipio | [email protected]
Oregon Green New Deal Chair: Xanthia Wolland | [email protected]