November already, where has the year gone!
November is the voting month, so get out there and let your voice be heard. My 17 year old daughter is already registered to vote; even though she can’t vote until next year. I love the fact that the younger generation is involved much more than back in the 1970’s. Maybe I should leave the last part out, it sure dates me! Just remember it is your right and responsibility to vote. Alan Carpenter, my husband (1st Dude as we call him) says,” If you don’t take the time to vote, then you don’t have the right to complain about the outcome later”.
RHA Oregon has sent a letter to the Portland City Council, stating our opinion against the Portland street tax as it stands now. In short RHA Oregon feels this tax will affect low income families via rent increases. The street tax in most cases will be passed down to the renter/lessee through increased rents. Lower income families may even be double taxed. The city of Portland will not only tax each household, but they will tax multifamily properties as a business. It is not yet clear as to how individuals, multifamily and commercial properties will be taxed or how much. See the letter we sent on page 18 of this issue of the Rental Alliance Update. I am personally disturbed that the citizens of Portland will not get to vote on this street tax as it is before the city council for vote.
If you haven’t already phoned in your reservations for our November dinner party, please do so now. This is one of the most important dinner meetings of the year and includes pivotal decisions like seating our new board of directors.
For the first time in several years we have more nominees than positions available. Your vote is important! Jill Smith from Home Forward (Section 8) will be the speaker. This is the time to get some of those questions answered about Home Forward. Please see more information in the RHA Oregon Update. We will also raffle the red ticket cash from the last 11 months, this cash is half of the red ticket sales from each meeting.
I would like to mention the annual Holiday Party will be held at the Riverside Country Club this year. This is a great time to have that Holiday Party for your employees or Family members. Each year we collect toys and teenage gifts for our soldiers’ families. For many years our Community Relations Chair, Tony Kavanagh, has taken the trip to Salem to deliver the gifts you bring for these kids. We ask each year for you to remember the teenagers. There is always an abundance of toys for those 12 and under, but not for the teenagers. I know teenagers are so much harder to buy for, (2 in my household). May we suggest gift cards from stores located thoughout Oregon? Because our soldiers are not able to be with their families, we give these gifts in the hope that they will bring some joy to the families.