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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Columbia County Struggles to Make Up Revenue Shortfalls

Columbia Pulp tax deferral is one of several state decisions that limit local tax collection


DAYTON— Columbia County Commissioner Merle Jackson has said it before, and he said it again last week, “How do we ever dig ourselves out of the hole if everybody keeps giving away our money?”

The county has only two principle sources of tax revenue – property taxes and sales taxes – and the county commissioners have been seeking adequate revenue to cover the cost of essential services and pay for special projects.

The commissioners had been anticipating a one-time bump in sales and use tax from construction of Columbia Pulp’s new straw pulp mill near Starbuck. But last week the...

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