Eric Fruits 
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Re: “After Damning Audit of Budget-Busting Building, Fish Puts Sewer Bureau Chief on Leave

Mayor Potter tried to fire Dean Marriott way back in 2005. So, after nine years of dodging the axe, Marriott is given a paid vacation.

If I get reincarnated, I want to come back as City of Portland bureau head ... they seem to have eternal life.

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Posted by Eric Fruits on 10/22/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Meet the New Street Fee! It's Different! That Might Not Matter.

The BEFF/Son of Street Fee is not that complicated arithmetically, but it's darn near impossible administratively.

For example, my local convenience store is run by the owners (a married couple). Because they technically have no employees, they would pay $120 a year BEFF (for zero to one employees).

Also their store's income would pass through to their personal income. If they live in Portland, they'd have to pay the Novick/Hales street fee income tax (double taxation). But, since they live outside of Portland, they get to dodge it. (Where's the "equity" in that ... ?)

Now, if they paid themselves as employees, they move into the 2-5 employee category and their BEFF would DOUBLE.

Same business, same location, same sales, same traffic, but simply changing the owner/employee relationship doubles the tax bill.

It is becoming more and more clear that this monster is no longer about streets or transportation, it is just a money grab from Novick and Hales.

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Posted by Eric Fruits on 09/11/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

It's a bit disingenuous to claim the the Children's Levy is model of bureaucratic thrift. First, the tax is easy to collect (it's included in property taxes). Second, someone else collects the tax (Multnomah County) and hands the money over to the city. So, in some sense, collection costs are near zero.

Then, look at what the Children's Levy does ... It's main job is to cut checks. How hard is that?

Sure the levy folks have the costs of the so-called audits. Take a look at one of those audits sometime. The "audits" do nothing more that check to make sure that the people who were promised checks actually got the checks. There's no audit of the effectiveness of the programs funded.

Bottom line - The Children's Levy has one job: Take money from property owners and hand it over to nonprofits. It does that job pretty well. However, for such a simple job, seems to me that 5% is a bit high for administrative costs.

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Posted by Eric Fruits on 07/04/2014 at 12:39 PM

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