BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS'

REGULAR MEETING

June 21, 2006

1:30 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

 

APPROVED 4/4/07

 

Commissioner Bill Dwyer presided with Commissioners Bobby Green, Sr., Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Faye Stewart present.County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

 

#15.†††† PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

a.†††††††† SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/Ordinance 5-06/In the Matter of Amending Chapter 2 of Lane Code Regarding Elections and Voters' Pamphlet (LC 2.625, 2.630, 2.655) (Second Reading and Public Hearing: June 21, 2006, 1:30 p.m.).

 

††††††††††† Wilson explained that the Lane Code language applying to County initiatives had not been updated.She said it cross-references two state laws. She noted the first change brings the cross-reference into current state law. She said the second change moves the filing deadline for a voterís pamphlet material from 5:00 p.m. to noon.She said if there is a state voterís pamphlet, when someone files materials at County Elections, Elections has to get it to the state by 5:00 p.m.She added if the state doesnít receive it by 5:00, they will reject it.She noted that it moves the timeframe for filing at the County Elections so there is surety it would actually get to the state.

 

††††††††††† Commissioner Dwyer opened the Public Hearing.There being no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.

 

††††††††††† MOTION: to adopt Ordinance 5-06.

 

††††††††††† Green MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

 

††††††††††† ROLL CALL VOTE: 5-0.

 

16.†††† COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

††††††††††† None.

 

17.†††† CORRESPONDENCE TO THE BOARD

 

††††††††††† None.

 

18.†††† OTHER BUSINESS

 

SIXTH READING AND SETTING SEVENTH READING Ordinance No. 1-06 Amending Chapter 4 of Lane Code to Add Provisions for a Lane County Public Safety Income Tax, to Adopt Administration and Collection Provisions, To Renumber Differential Tax Provisions, and to Set an Effective Date (LC 4.500 through 4.571) (NBA & PM: First Reading 1/4/06; Continued First Reading 1/11/06; Second Reading 2/8/06; Discussion 4/18/06; Third Reading 5/1/06; Fourth Reading 5/30/06; Fifth Reading 6/14/06). (Seventh Reading: 6/28/06) (Eighth Reading: 7/10/06)

 

Wilson recommended having a Sixth Reading of Ordinance No. 1-06.She said the reason for the reading is to add Options 3 and 4 to the ordinance.She delivered the language today.She explained that Option 3 is the renter relief provision and has language that is familiar.She noted it was language that was in the ordinance in January.She said it adds a credit for renters of $30.She said Option 4 is a graduated income tax option.She handed out the estimated amount and cost of Lane County renter relief tax credit.She indicated it was based on the 2004property tax information.She indicated with Option 4, it would eliminate the low-income exemption.She noted they are using a County taxable income.She stated they would present information by June 28 that would be more useful in terms of the graduation of the tax.She said a County taxable income of $20,000 might be an adjusted gross higher in the $30,000 federal rate.She said they are trying to calculate what the cost of the graduated income would be.

 

Wilson stated if the Board wants to consider options, they need to set a reading on them 13 days from today.She suggested coming back on July 10.

 

Dwyer wanted language that would state that the County taxable income shall not exceed the amount of not less than $7,500 for single and $15,000 for married as defined by state law.He added that Social Security benefits should not be taxed.

 

Green asked if they were to incorporate Jim Haleís model, where it would fit in the ordinance.

 

Wilson explained that Jim Hale, a concerned citizen, provided an example of a deduction from all returns of that amount off of line 28.She thought the way to incorporate that would be to change the amount of deduction to what they have in 4.522.She said he had increased the amount of the deduction substantially from what is in the ordinance to the rate limitation of 2.25 percent.She said increasing the deductions would come with a cost.She didnít know how to accommodate the increased cost if they would have to lift the rate limitation.She commented that a deduction of $5,000 to $15,000 filing jointly would cost more. She said Hale was trying to increase the deduction as a methodology for providing relief for people at the lower income level.

 

Wilson indicated she gave the Board Options 3 and 4.She asked if the Board wanted Option 5, taking Jim Haleís figures and putting them into the County deduction.She said that Option 5 would be to change the figures in 4.522 and 4.523 in the personal income and non resident income tax so a deduction for a resident or non resident filing singly would be changed from $2,500 to $7,500 and for residents or non-residents filing jointly or as head of household, from $5,000 to $15,000.

 

Dwyer said they would need to know the economic impact of the change when they have their ordinance.

 

Morrison asked if they would be really generating the money they want.

 

Dwyer indicated they would get the economic impact and it wouldnít preclude them from adopting it.

 

MOTION: to approvea Seventh Reading and Setting an Eighth Reading and Deliberation for Ordinance 1-06 including Option 3, 4 and 5 on July 10, 2006 at 1: 30 p.m.

 

Green MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

 

Wilson explained that the July 10 deadline is 120 days before the November election.She asked if the Board wanted to refer a charter amendment to the ballot, they must do it no later than July 10, under their code requirements.She said if they enact the ordinance, it is possible for voters to do a referendum.She indicated they have a 90-day period after enactment to file a referendum petition.She said if they have enough signatures that would put the ordinance in abeyance until there was an election.She said there is not time to have the 90-day referendum period take place and an ordinance vote on the November ballot.

 

VOTE: 5-0.

 

There being no further business, Commission Dwyer adjourned the meeting at 2:20 p.m.

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary