Resident and disincorporation community leader Chris Hawes stands in front of the Damascus fire station, completed after the 2016 vote. It was once on city property, but is now run by Clackamas Fire District #1. 

Resident and disincorporation community leader Chris Hawes stands in front of the Damascus fire station, completed after the 2016 vote. It was once on city property, but is now run by Clackamas Fire District #1. 

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  • The rural area in Clackamas county once known as the city of Damascus, may become a city again, after the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled this month that a 2016 vote to disincorporate was invalid. The plaintiff, Jim De Young, a former city councilor and others are meeting to try to figure out the way forward. In the meantime, land use questions — not to mention roads, infrastructure and taxation questions — abound. We get help laying out the issues from long-time land use attorney and PSU professor, Ed Sullivan, and hear from one of the leaders of the campaign to disincorporate, Chris Hawes.

 

  

  • Oregon’s unique “kicker” law gives money back to taxpayers when the state collects more tax revenue than it budgeted for. The next kicker could be the biggest in state history. Some people want to change the law so that the extra money can be spent on schools and public services. Others say this is the people’s money, and it should stay that way. We hear opposing views on the kicker from Oregon Center for Public Policy executive director Alejandro Queral and Cascade Policy Institute research director Eric Fruits. What questions do you have about the kicker?

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