Special Districts Meeting

Seats filled quickly to capacity for the meeting about special tax districts in Curry County.

Curry County commissioners invited the public to an informational meeting, held at the Brookings Elks Lodge on Dec. 9, to learn more about where their tax dollars go, special taxing districts, how those districts are formed and their financial responsibilities, and what other factors affect property tax rates.

The public turned out and filled the meeting room, with more than 120 in attendance. Representatives from nearly every special tax district in the county came, as well as the general public. A number of library supporters were present, carrying green signs identifying their main concern.

Frank Stratton, Executive Director of Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) gave a presentation about how special districts are formed, for what purposes, and the rules under which they operate.

Danette Benjamin, Oregon Department of Revenue Property Tax Division explained the different types of taxes on property tax bills and how they are derived. She explained the budget processes required by Oregon statute for special tax districts and the types of changes that can be made to special tax districts.

But there is pushback from the community and some of the special districts concerned about preserving their funding.

Read the full story in the Friday, Dec. 13 print edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot and follow this developing story here online at curry pilot.com.

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