Comment 57255

By jason (registered) | Posted January 20, 2011 at 20:38:11

not to get right off topic, but I remember when I lived in Portland that the 0% sales tax was always a big battle ground. On one hand, consumers and retailers loved it. Tourism ads would try to lure people into Oregon due to the cheaper shopping. On the other hand, there were those who warned that the city needed to have that income or risk falling further into debt....which they have. As the major city in the state, the revenue that could be generated and sent back into city coffers from the state would be tremendous if they had even a smaller sales tax than most.
I'm no expert on their situation, but obviously it isn't a pressing enough issue yet in their minds or some changes to their tax structure would have begun. I'm not certain that comparing a Canadian and US city with respect to taxes etc.... is really useful, but I appreciate the info on Hamilton's situation. Glad to see we are faring decently, especially after a couple of really crappy decades.

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