Tam Moore, of Our Heritage Political Action Committee (PAC), addressed the City Council at the March 7, 2013 City Council meeting. He requested that the City Council support participation, with other cities in Jackson County, in the formation of a Heritage District.
The Our Heritage PAC is proposing a ballot measure to implement a county-wide property tax of not more than five cents ($.05) per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. This is estimated to raise $805,000 annually to maintain the history of Jackson County.
The City Council is being asked to adopt a resolution in support of participation in the Heritage District, which would allow the Shady Cove voters to vote on the proposed tax. If the tax measure should then pass by majority vote of the district (Jackson County), this would allow historical organizations to receive funding to maintain the County’s history. If the City Council adopts the resolution allowing Shady Cove to be included in their district, and the Shady Cove voters vote against it, they would still be assessed the tax if a majority of the district votes for it because they would be part of the overall district. The estimated tax is $10.00 per year for a $200,000 home.
Shady Cove needs to decide if that amount is worth preserving our heritage.
On April 4, 2013, the City Council will decide whether or not to adopt the resolution to include Shady Cove into the district and thereby allowing the matter to go before the voters.
Registered voters who own property in Shady Cove are encouraged to send comments to email@example.com or call City Hall at 878-2225 by April 4th. City Council meetings are held the first and third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. All citizens are encouraged to attend and get involved in Shady Cove.