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City appears against tax decrease
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With new money pouring into city coffers thanks to successful litigation against the county, will McMinnville officials lower city taxes?The city stands to gain an estimated $26 million over the next 25 years after a favorable local option sales tax agreement with the county.However, some city officials are reluctant to embrace the idea of a tax decrease.“The reason why I would be hesitant to recommend taking part of the sales tax recovery and decreasing city taxes comes back to the fact that if we reduce city taxes it won’t be too long before we will have to raise them,” said Alderman Ken Smith. “People are not going to remember taxes were lowered. All they are going to remember is they were raised.”The statement was made Tuesday night during a joint meeting of the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee and Finance Committee to discuss future capital improvement projects.