Voters to decide on tax levy

for county fairgrounds

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to ask voters to adjust a tax levy for the county fairgrounds.

The current rate is 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value and expires in 2021. Voters approved a renewal of the tax levy in 2016 at a reduction from 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

The vote in May would be whether to go back to 7 cents per $1,000 in 2021.

The county says the increase will help respond to a rise in operating and building maintenance costs and provide the opportunity for more events and programs.

New tobacco retail fee goes

into effect in February

A new tobacco retail license fee will go into effect Feb. 8.

County commissioners approved an ordinance in January which gives the county the authority to license and inspect tobacco retailers to ensure they follow Tobacco 21, which outlawed the sale of tobacco products to people under 21 years old.

The annual fee of $350 will cover the costs associated with education and enforcement.

County backs enterprise zone

for Fort George Brewery

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve an enterprise zone agreement with Fort George.

Fort George plans to invest about $12.5 million to redevelop the former Astoria Warehousing property and applied for a 15-year tax abatement on investments to the property.

The Astoria City Council and Port of Astoria Commission approved the brewery’s application earlier this month.

County marks anniversary

of big Cascadia earthquake

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners declared Sunday Cascadia Earthquake Awareness Day.

The declaration is to encourage resilience planning for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

Sunday is the anniversary of the last massive earthquake and tsunami along the zone in 1700.

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Police investigate break-in

at Lower Columbia Bowl

Police are investigating an incident that occurred Monday morning at Lower Columbia Bowl in Astoria.

Police were alerted that the alarm sounded, but the owner thought it was a false alarm and called off police.

Later in the day, the owner reviewed security footage, which showed someone hiding in a crawl space until employees left.

The suspect was wearing a dark colored shirt, gray pants, two white respirator masks and was carrying a bag.

The only thing reported missing was Rockstar energy drink.

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