Both HR County Tax Measures Defeated

Both of the tax measures Hood River County sought to deal with its budget woes went down to defeat in Tuesday night’s vote count.  Measure 14-65, a five-year local option property tax levy of 89 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value for public health and safety, came closest to passage.  51.4% of voters said no to 14-65, 3,470, while 48.6% of voters said yes, 3,280.  The margin was much larger on 14-66, the five percent prepared food and beverage tax.  59.5% rejected the measure, with the count 4,035 against and 2,751 in favor.  County officials have said they need more revenue to maintain service levels they already feel are below where they should be.

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