Local Briefing (December 27, 2013)

Written by Observer staff reports December 27, 2013 12:18 pm
Local Briefing (December 27, 2013)

Dance set Saturday at senior center 

An Early New Year’s Eve Community Dance will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Union County Senior Center. The event includes a finger food potluck and door prizes. Admission is single, $3; couples, $5; 12 and younger, free.

Rainbow for Girls hosts activity Monday

UNION — Rainbow for Girls is hosting an activity for girls at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Grande Ronde Valley Lodge, 125 W. Center St., Union (above the post office).

Girls who live in Union County and are between 10 and 20 years old are invited to have pizza, watch a movie and learn about Rainbow for Girls. 

Parents are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. For more information, call Val at 541-975-9495 or Sherri at 541-910-0188.

Tax on cigarettes will increase Jan. 1

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Revenue reminds smokers that the tax on cigarettes will increase on Jan. 1. 

Legislation enacted in the special legislative session this fall increases the state tax on a standard 20-count pack of cigarettes by 13 cents, from $1.18 to $1.31. 

“Ordinarily, the consumer pays the tax as a part of the price when purchasing cigarettes from an Oregon retailer,” said Chris Wytoski, manager of Oregon’s tobacco tax program. “Consumers must remember that they are responsible for filing and paying the tax on cigarettes purchased on-line or otherwise brought in from outside the state.” 

Consumers can obtain the form they need from the “consumer reporting” link at www.oregon.gov/dor/tobacco or by calling 503-378-4988 or 1-800-356-4222.

Oregon’s total tobacco tax revenue, from cigarettes and other tobacco products, is about $250 million per year.

The revenue supports the Oregon Health Plan, the state General Fund and the Tobacco Use Reduction Account. Portions of cigarette tax revenue are also specifically dedicated to cities, counties and public transit and, with recent legislation, mental health programs. 

“We’ve been working with retailers and distributors to ensure the appropriate tax is paid on their inventory on Jan. 1,” Wytoski said. “Retailers who haven’t seen our information about the special one-time tax return they need to file should contact us right away.” 

Additional information for consumers, retailers and distributors is available at www.oregon.gov/dor/tobacco. 

LHS Class of 1947 gathers Monday 

The La Grande High School Class of 1947 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Flying J truck stop.