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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Farmers markets survive a close call

September 30, 2009

Portland's farmers markets - ranked first in the world earlier this month - had a near miss recently.

An announcement from the County Assessor in mid-September had the City - and the farmers markets - on the hook for a tax bill of more than $200,000. The retroactive bill would have taxed the Park Blocks land where the farmers markets are located.

Fortunately, after meeting with Commissioner Fish, and thanks to the work of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler, the Assessor withdrew the tax bill.

Thanks to Flickr user Photos by Mavis for this shot from the South Park Blocks market!