Property Tax Reform

Under Oregon's current system, statewide limitations can prohibit local voters from raising their own taxes to support services they demand. Measure 5 limitations restrict general governments (cities, counties and special districts) and schools to levying no more than $10 and $5 per $1,000 of real market value respectively. Any taxes levied in excess of those limities are reduced until the limitations are met, a process known as compression. Temporary taxes that are in addition to the municipality's permanent rate and are approved by voters to provide funding for services, such as public safety or school services, are compressed first under this system. As a result, voters residing in a municipality in compression are limited in their ability to raise revenue to support services they desire.

Compression is a growing problem for local governments statewide. Since 2008/2009, total revenue lost to compression has increased from $51 million to $212 million in 2013/2014 (pictured below, generated by League of Oregon Cities).


This year 90 percent of school districts, 34 out of 36 counties and more than one-half of all cities in Oregon have seen property revenues reduced to statewide caps. Pictured below is Baker City's revenue loss due to compression over the last 7 years.


Last May (2014), local voters approved 16 of 21 (76 percent) temporary tax measures. While voters may still be concerned about the state of the economy, in many instances they clearly realize the value of local government services and are willing to tax themsleves to provide those services. Whether or not any local voters approve temporary taxes outside of compression is irrevelant. What matters is that voters currently do not have the freedom and opportunity to do so. In order to see property tax reformed, contact your local legislature. For more information please reference the League of Oregon Citie's website here.

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Pocahontas Road Traffic Routing Plan

The diagram below depicts the traffic routing plan for September 22 and September 23, 2014 during the Pocahontas Road construction. All detours will be accessed from H Street off of 10th Street. To access the Hospital, drive North on 13th Street which will turn into Midway. To access the Maximart Center (Millers, D&B, YMCA and EOMA), drive North on 17th Street. To continue through on Pocahontas, please use Settler's Loop and H Street.


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Street Improvement Project

Beginning the September 11, 2014 the Baker City Public Works Department will begin a street resurfacing project on Pocahontas Road from 10th Street west to the rail road tracks. The table below details the lane closures that are scheduled to occur in your area. The work will be performed between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Rain or other inclement conditions may delay the work.

Date  Street Location  Work Being Performed
Thursday, September 11, 2014               
Pochontas Road - All Lanes                 Milling*
Monday, September 22, 2014
Pochontas Road - All Lanes         Resurfacing**
Tuesday, September 23, 2014     Pochontas Road - All Lanes        Resurfacing**
* Traffic will be RESTRICTED during the milling process on the 11th of September.

**Lanes will be CLOSED during the resurfacing process.

A traffic plan will be provided on this website a week prior to paving.

All efforts are being made to minimize the impact from the road construction activities to area residents, schools, medical facilities, businesses and motorists. Should inclement weather conditions or mechanical issues arise, the street work will be resechedule for the next available work day.

Your cooperation and patience during this project is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact the Public Works Department at (541) 524-2063 or (541) 524-2046.

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