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Anti-tax effort starts small

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Anti-tax activists are hoping to limit government spending by starting a statewide grassroots movement that teams up with frustrated small-town residents.

Advocates of the strategy say that since they can't make a change at the government level, they will rally support at the local level.

Groups such as Americans for Prosperity Oregon, Oregonians in Action and Don McIntire's Taxpayer Association of Oregon are working in Damascus, Estacada, Cascade Locks and elsewhere to win the tax fight city by city. By the end of the year, they hope to have a spending cap similar to one that Oregon voters rejected in 2006 on at least a dozen small-town ballots, a prospect that local officials say could erode basic services.
By all accounts, the fledgling movement took root in the tiny Clackamas County town of Damascus, which incorporated in 2004 to become the state's first new city in 22 years.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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