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Election Scorecard Results on Business Taxes

November 7, 2018

By Oregon Small Business Association,

Measure 103 Groceries – Measure 103 which would have banned taxes on groceries was defeated. 57% opposed the tax ban. The measure was in response to growing pressure for sales taxes like 2016’s Measure 97 and 2018’s local sales tax measure proposal in Hood River County and Ontario.

Oregon Measure 103 – Bans Grocery Taxes
No – 57% (941,070)
Yes – 43% (705,091)

Measure 104 TaxesMeasure 104 which would have strengthened the rule requiring 3/5th super-majority for all taxes was defeated. 65% opposed the measure.   The measure was brought up in the concern of tax bills on businesses in the Legislature passing without the 3/5th super-majority.

Oregon Measure 104 – Requires 3/5th Legislative Majority to Raise Revenue
No – 65% (1,052,595)
Yes – 35% (563,066)

Measure 26-201 gross receipts taxPortlanders passed a local measure 26-201 which places a gross receipts tax on larger retailers.

26-201 Portland – Retailer Surcharge to Fund Clean Energy
Yes – 64% (168,241)
No – 36% (93,308)

Measure 26-199 Metro bond –  A billion dollar property tax bond to pay for affordable housing. Businesses may feel the impact of this property tax increase on corporate and rental properties.

26-199 Metro – Affordable Housing Bond
Yes – 59% (348,146)
No – 41% (242,646)

Measure I-1631 carbon taxWashington voters rejected Measure I-1631 which is a carbon tax. Voters rejected this proposal by 56%.  It would have become the first carbon tax in the nation.  A similar carbon tax was defeated in Washington previously.

Measure No. 1631  concerns pollution.
Yes – 43.6% (850,861)
No – 56.3% (1,097,277)

— These election results are based on results known as of 5:00am, Nov 7, 2018.

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