TSCC to hold hearings on November 5, 2019 Special Election Ballot Measures

The Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission will hold public hearings on three of property tax ballot measures on the November 5, 2019 Multnomah County Special Election Ballot. The purpose of the hearings is to allow citizens an opportunity to learn more about the measures and to ask questions of the Districts as to the need for the tax measures and how the proceeds will be spent.  The districts with tax measures on the ballot are Portland Public Schools, Metro, and the Sauvie Island Fire District. Hearings will held the week of October 14 and the full schedule is on the TSCC meetings webpage. ______________________________________________________________________

On behalf of Governor Kate Brown, the Tax Supervision and Conservation Commission is Seeking Applicants for TSCC Commissioner

Due to a the resignation of long term commissioner Brendan Watkins, the Multnomah County Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission needs a new commissioner.

Here is information about this important and rewarding volunteer opportunity.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown is now recruiting for a new Commissioner for the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission.

The new Commissioner will join four other commissioners on the board that oversees the commission. To be eligible to serve, a person must be a citizen of the United States and of Oregon and a resident and registered voter of Multnomah County.

The commissioners are a cohesive and collaborative group that works to influence the budget decisions of Multnomah County local governments and school districts. They do this by reading and analyzing the budget reviews prepared by TSCC staff, developing questions to ask of the local jurisdictions, and then conducting public hearings with the jurisdictions to explore budget and property tax issues.

Created by the legislature in 1919, TSCC has a long history of service to Multnomah County taxpayers, taxing districts, and elected officials as well as local governments and appointed and elected officials statewide. TSCC monitors and reports on the budgets, taxes, and debt of the diverse 42 taxing districts in the county. These include some of the largest local governments in the state (Multnomah County, TriMet, Portland Public Schools, City of Portland, Metro, and the Port of Portland) and some of the smallest.

Serving as a TSCC Commissioner is a unique opportunity for a thoughtful private citizen to influence the budget decisions of local governments. Commissioners are curious,  professional citizens acting on behalf of Multnomah County taxpayers.  They find the work meaningful and rewarding. The Governor and the commissioners want the commission to reflect the diversity of the community it serves.

Candidates should apply as soon as possible as there is no formal closing date to this recruitment.

TSCC is one of over 250 boards and commissions established by the state. For information on applying to serve on TSCC, please visit the Governor’s Boards and Commissions Website. For more information about TSCC, contact the Executive Director, Craig Gibons, at craig.gibons@multco.us.

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