Up to the Voters: A tax-levy proposal



Monday, April 11, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Renaissance Building, 136 SW Washington St.
Attendance is free. Lunch is $8 for members, $10 for non-members.  To save a seat, send e-mail to nickhoutman8@aol.com with "City Club April 11" in the subject line by April 7.


On May 17, 2011, Corvallis voters will decided whether or not to approve an additional property tax levy of 45¢ per $1,000 of assessed property value. If passed, the measure is expected to raise $5.6 million over its three-year life. It targets funds to the Corvallis Public Library, Osborn Aquatic Center, the Chintimini Senior Center and social services.

In its first year, the revenue would reduce a projected $3.1 million city budget deficit by $1.8 million. Additional cuts would be made to close the spending gap.

At the April 11 Corvallis City Club meeting, two Corvallis residents will present their thoughts about the proposed levy. Karyle Butcher is a citizen member of the Corvallis Budget Commission, which recommended the tax levy to the Corvallis City Council on Dec. 13, 2010. She was head of the Valley Library and the OSU Press at Oregon State University before retiring in September 2010. She has also served a term on the city council and is a member of Friends of Corvallis, which promotes a "yes" vote on the proposal.

John Detweiler is an independent professional in statistics, cost/economic analysis and statistical support of real estate appraisal. He has masters degrees from Oregon State University in statistics, business administration and physical oceanography and has served as budget and operations research analyst and engineer and in other positions for the U.S. General Accounting Office, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Navy. In a March 24, 2011 letter to the editor of the Gazette Times, he advocated a "no" vote on the proposal.