Oregon Now Has Sales Tax
"Move to Oregon," they said. "It'll be fun," they said.
That fun now comes at a price.
Idaho falls right in the middle as far as the sales tax in the U.S. goes, sitting comfortably at 6.01% (Sidenote: Why the .01%? Really guys?) Our neighbors to the west in Oregon pay zero sales tax. They're getting away like bandits! Well, it's the beginning of the end.
KTVB reports that Ontario will be the first city in Oregon to begin collecting taxes on retail products. Why? Mayor Ron Verini says Ontario has been losing revenue for years, and is cutting back on their police force, city parks, and other amenities. Mayor Verini says the tax hike will actually mostly affect Idaho residents who come over the state line to shop in Ontario.
Don't worry if you didn't budget to pay the extra tax. It's only a 1% sales tax, which Verini says will bring in about $3,000,000 a year to Ontario. Verini explains:
We figure at one cent it’s not going to hurt a tremendous amount of people, that for every $10,000 spent were talking $100.
If Ontario residents don't petition the tax hike, it'll take effect on January 1st of 2018.