October 27, 2020

One of Region’s Largest Employers Seeks Exemption From Metro’s Transportation Tax

As voters consider whether to support the Metro Council’s proposed $4 billion transportation measure on next month’s ballot, one of the region’s largest employers has told the regional government it believes it is exempt from paying the tax, which will charge companies, including non-profits, up to .75 percent of payroll.

Metro wants to build a new MAX line from Portland to Tigard and make transportation investments in 17 safety corridors in its tri-county service area. The tax Metro designed applies to companies that employ more than 25 people. Just before referring it to voters in July, Metro decided to exempt local government payers such as the city of Portland and Multnomah County, which each employ thousands of people.

WW has learned that OHSU, which pays the TriMet payroll tax upon which Metro modeled its proposed tax, has told Metro it does not believe it should have to pay the transportation

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