A poll released this week by OPB and Fox-12 found that voters are poised to make a big change to Oregon’s tax structure.
Ballot Measure 85 would re-direct the corporate kicker to fund public schools. Oregon’s constitution currently requires that when income tax revenue exceeds projections by more than two percent, the excess goes back to taxpayers, as refund checks. Measure 85 would stop sending refunds to corporations, but it wouldn’t affect the "personal kicker" for individuals.
Tim Hibbitts with DHM Research conducted the OPB-Fox 12 poll. It found 53 percent in favor to 36 percent against.
He explained,"For a lot of voters, they’re looking at this and thinking ‘this is really not going to impact or affect me’ at all. In many cases, the view is these corporations can afford to pay this, or shouldn’t be getting it in the first place. So I think this is one where voters are going to be pretty comfortable with a 'yes' vote."
Hibbitts also tested support for a sales tax -- which is not on the ballot. It found nearly half -- 46 percent -- steadfastly against it.
The poll of 500 registered voters had a margin of error of 4.4 percent.