Voters will get final say on Ontario sales tax

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO — The fate of Ontario’s sales tax will be decided by voters next May.

Last week sales tax opponents delivered the last of 1,500 petition signatures to City Hall to place a referendum on the ballot.

But unresolved is the language of the ballot. That’s because sales tax opponents recently sued the city in Malheur County Circuit Court to force changes to the language used by city officials in drafting the ballot measure. The county clerk’s office will now send a letter certifying the 541 signatures to city hall.

Last week the Malheur County Clerk’s Office verified the minimum number of signatures needed – 541 – to place the issue on the May 18 ballot.

The Ontario City Council unanimously passed the 1 percent sales tax in September. Businesses must start charging it Jan. 1, a step that follows a . . .