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County court throws its muscle behind marijuana tax proposal

Ontario mayor-elect Riley Hill speaks before the Malheur County Court Wednesday. Hill asked the court to support his plan to boost the tax rate on retail marijuana sales in Ontario. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – The city of Ontario would spend more money on roads, homeless and veteran housing and hire two new police detectives under a plan by Mayor-elect Riley Hill.

Hill is proposing a six-fold increase in the voter-approved city sales tax on retail marijuana sales and Wednesday the Malheur County Court agreed to support the plan. Recreational marijuana sales are expected to get underway in Ontario later this year.

Hill still needs the Oregon Legislature to change the law but support from the county court could be key.

Hill’s plan would boost the city’s tax on recreational marijuana . . .