We here at Lincoln City are always looking for ways to improve our service to and for the community. As part of that goal, we are currently upgrading our city website. We want to get your feedback as we go through this process. Please fill out this survey to help us serve you better. Open until 4:30pm Friday, April 16, 2021.
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Celebrating 51 years of Earth Day on the Oregon Central Coast
The Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Newport group and 350 Oregon Central Coast will be again sponsoring a public event celebrating 51 years of Earth Day on the central Oregon coast. The event will be held on Earth Day, April 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on the Zoom platform. The event will include presentations from musicians, environmental organizations, natural resource agencies, and elected officials.
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level.
Effective April 9 through April 22, there will be 14 counties in the High Risk level (including Lincoln County), six at Moderate Risk, and 16 at Lower Risk. As case counts and hospitalizations increase and counties qualify for higher risk levels, restrictions on businesses and activities will resume. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.
“We are at a critical moment in this pandemic as we face more contagious variants of COVID-19 taking hold in our communities,” said Governor Brown. “Now more than ever it’s imperative that we all continue wearing masks, maintain physical distance, stay home when sick, and get the vaccine when it’s available to you.”
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that all Oregonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. The Governor issued the following statement:
“We are locked in a race between vaccine distribution and the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants. Today, Oregon will pass the threshold of 2 million vaccine doses administered. And yet, in communities across Oregon, COVID-19 is spreading at concerning rates. We must move as quickly as possible to get more shots in arms. Beginning April 19, all Oregonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a vaccine.
“However, whether before April 19 or after, it’s critical that we continue to focus on equity in our vaccine distribution efforts. Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and communities of color have been disproportionately hard-hit by this disease. We must reach Oregonians where they are, including those who may not have easy access to health care or the ability to take time off from work.
“Over the next two weeks, we will dedicate all available resources to ensure Oregon’s frontline workers and people with underlying conditions have access to vaccines––two groups in which Oregonians from communities of color are predominantly represented.
“My office will work closely with the White House to ensure Oregon receives our fair share of federal vaccine supplies, so we can continue with a fast, fair, and equitable vaccine distribution process.”
Later today, the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority will announce county risk level movements based on the continued spread of COVID-19 in Oregon communities.
The Lincoln City Police Department has received multiple reports from citizens seeking rental property through individual parties over social media platforms which have turned out to be online frauds. In this particular fraud, individuals are told to submit an application through email to a person who then advises the applicant is accepted. The contacts, who often have poor English language abilities when spoken to over the phone, request payment through Peer-To-Peer payment applications (Venmo/PayPal/etc) and advise they will send the applicant the keys to the residence.
The applicant will then eventually learn that they have been scammed with little hope of recouping their losses or identifying the suspect. Renters are encouraged to utilize reputable property agencies and never to send money sight-unseen for property. If you feel you have been a victim of such a scam please report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, located at https://www.ic3.gov/.
The Oregon Department of Revenue reminds taxpayers the filing and payment deadline for 2020 Corporate Activity Tax returns is April 15.
The CAT was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 to increase funding for education. It is a calendar-year tax and is based on a business’s commercial activity—the total amount realized by a taxpayer from the transactions and activity in the regular course of their business in Oregon.
Businesses with commercial activity in excess of $1 million in 2020 must file a CAT return by April 15. Businesses with more than $1 million in taxable commercial activity will have Corporate Activity Tax to pay. Taxpayers with over $1 million in commercial activity but less than $1 million in taxable commercial activity must file a return, but they do not have to pay tax.
The tax is $250 plus 0.57% of commercial activity greater than $1 million after subtractions.
The video is one of 12 training videos on the CAT training materials webpage. Videos offer instructions on the commercial activity subtraction, sourcing of sales of both tangible and non-tangible personal property, exclusions, and other topics.
The Department of Revenue honored good-faith efforts to comply with the CAT by businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Penalties will not be assessed for underestimated quarterly payments or for not making a quarterly payment for the Corporate Activity Tax, if businesses did not have the financial ability to make the estimated payment.
However, payment of 2020 CAT liability is due in full April 15. Businesses can, with good cause, seek an extension to file. An extension to file is not an extension to pay tax owed. More information is available in the CAT frequently asked questions.
To get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or email email@example.com. You also can call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon. For TTY (hearing- or speech-impaired), we accept all relay calls.
The Oregon Legislative Emergency Board on January 8, 2021, allocated $100 million to fund a new Commercial Rent Relief Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses and landlords adversely affected by economic conditions as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program targets landlords with tenant businesses with 100 or fewer employees who are behind on lease payments or any forgiven base rent amounts that have been negotiated due to COVID-19. The program will require both business tenant and property owner participation. The program includes additional protections for tenants, such as non-eviction clauses, and a waiver of penalties and interest.
Today, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced that 20 Oregon counties have submitted attestation letters, signaling their intention to immediately offer COVID-19 vaccinations to expanded eligibility groups.
The counties are Benton, Coos, Crook, Deschutes, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union and Wheeler.
“Moving up vaccination in these counties will enable us to vaccinate our frontline workers more quickly while enabling counties with adequate supply to fully utilize their allotment of COVID-19 vaccine,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen.
Group 7 is composed of:
Frontline workers as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
People living in multi-generational households.
People aged 16-44 with one or more health conditions with increased risk.
From Lincoln County Emergency Management: Attention Lincoln County property owners: As debris removal work begins to wrap up in the Echo Mountain fire area and crews mobilize elsewhere in the state later this month, we want to ensure that property owners who haven’t opted in yet still have the chance to do so. To help with this, the deadline to submit a Right of Entry (ROE) agreement is April 15, 2021. (https://www.debriscleanupnews.com/…/lincoln-county…)