Ashland split on meals tax

Business owners and local officials are divided on the state’s only voter-approved sales tax.

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With a renewal of Ashland’s 5 percent meals tax on the ballot next month, business owners and city officials faced off at the opening public forum.

Opponents of the 5 percent Ashland meals tax say it violates Oregon’s tax-free reputation, drains the town’s lifeblood of jobs and tourist dollars and should be allowed to expire next year.

But proponents urge renewal of the levy at the polls Nov. 3 because it’s fair, hitting both residents and tourists — and is critical for paying off debt on the city’s wastewater treatment improvements.

Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.

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