Damascus City Manager, Richard Carson, said that the city’s Budget Committee met on June 20, 2019 and approved a $1,738,000 budget for fiscal year 2020. So starting July 1st the City of Damascus will be fiscally real. It is already legally real according to the Oregon Appellate Court, League of Oregon Cities, City-County Insurance Service (CIS) and the Oregon Department of Revenue. The latter recently acknowledged that the city is real because on July 1st they will start sending the city monies from the Liquor Tax, Cigarette Tax and State Revenue Sharing.
The new budget will NOT increase property taxes. The new budget simply shifts the existing property taxes from the county to the city. The proposed budget allows the City of Damascus to contract with the county for continued Sheriff patrols and street maintenance. So nothing changes when it comes to police, fire, street, water, sewer or even libraries.
So what’s different? The citizens of the revitalized City of Damascus have a voice and representation in the state of Oregon.” Which of course begs the question, how will Rep. Janelle Bynum vote on SB 226?