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How should Medford spend $1,000,000 in marijuana tax revenue?

Here's a look at the 8 options on the table & how you can have a say.

Posted: Mar. 13, 2019 3:27 PM
Updated: Mar. 13, 2019 6:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The city of Medford expects to collect just over $1,000,000 in marijuana tax revenue each year.  The 3% tax was enacted in 2016, yet the council has still not determined how to spend the new revenue.  This is separate from the state tax of 17% on recreational marijuana sales directed by Measure 91.

The city council is asking for people to complete a survey on the topic.  They want to know the zipcode you live in, but anyone can complete the survey.  They offer 8 options for you to choose from: 

  1. Aquatics/Event Facility
  2. Livability Team (dedicated team to focus on addressing complex issues such as abandoned homes, homelessness, etc.)
  3. Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) (partially pay down the city's unfunded retirement liability)
  4. Youth & Community Enrichment (financial assistance for low to moderate income families to participate in youth activities)
  5. Bear Creek Greenway Improvements (lighting, vegitation removal, etc.)
  6. Downtown Improvements (improve connectivity, housing opportunities, beautification, etc.)
  7. Continuum of Care (increase funding to organization that links homeless to housing and services)
  8. Economic Development Projects

After you make your selection, there is a second part that asks you to rank all of those options.   Click here to take the survey. 

The Medford City Council and Budget Committee will review all survey responses on Monday, March 18. 

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