Survey Results Show Opposition To HR County Sales Tax

Hood River County has received the results of a survey on whether citizens would be receptive to a sales and tourist tax to help fund county services.  County Administrator Jeff Hecksel says 53 percent of respondents were against a two percent sales tax and 42 percent said they would vote for it, while if it was coupled with a property tax reduction 51 percent still said no to 46 percent in favor.  Commission Chair Ron Rivers says they will take the results back to the full Commission to discuss where they go from here, noting the County is facing a budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.  Hecksel added respondents listed roads and bridges, public safety, public health, and parks and trails as the County services most important to them.

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