Next week, the City of St. Helens will participate in commemoration of "City Hall Week," by hosting a forum for state and local policy makers on Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.
As one of 21 host locations, St. Helens city officials will meet with legislators and candidates on issues of economic vitality and stability of the state's communities. St. Helens' event will be held on Sept 9 at 2 p.m., in council chambers.
The event will provide an opportunity for city officials, state lawmakers and legislative candidates to share ideas and perspectives prior to the 2015 legislative session. City officials, legislators and candidates will attend, and the public is welcome.
Discussions will focus on property tax reform, transportation funding, marijuana regulations, protecting city rights of way authority, and enhancing mental health resources. Cities are urging the Legislature to:
Reform Oregon’s property tax system, by:
- Introducing a constitutional amendment allowing the option to have a local option levy outside compression;
- Restoring equity in Oregon’s property tax system by resetting assessed value to real market value when a property is sold or constructed; and
- Improving the fairness of how new and improved property is added to the state’s property tax rolls;
- Pass a comprehensive transportation funding and policy package;
- Clarify and enhance public safety and local control related to marijuana;
- Oppose legislation that would preempt the ability of cities to manage and receive compensation for the use of the public rights of way; and
- Support increased resources across the state for persons with mental health issues, especially in crisis situations.
For more information regarding St. Helens’ City Hall Week, please contact Administrative Assistant Lisa Scholl at 503-366-8216 or by email.