Day: July 21, 2010

Some salon owners burning over tan tax

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Local tanning salon managers and owners aren’t pleased over a 10 percent tax on tanning beds implemented by the federal government. Starting July 1 all ultraviolet tanning services are assessed a 10 percent federal tax. Salon owners must pay the Internal Revenue Service quarterly. The tax is part of the comprehensive healthcare reform plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Spray tans are not affected by the law. While salon managers haven’t yet seen a dip in business as a result, they’ve heard an earful from their customers. “Nobody’s said they’re not going to do it or anything like that,” said Andrea Nasholm, operations manager of Platinum Sports and Fitness, which manages a Tan Republic facility within their gym. “They just think it’s stupid.” Mitch Teal, owner of Bronze Planet – which has locations in Keizer and West Salem – said he and wife Cathy opted not to continue pursuing a third location until they see how the new tax will ultimately affect their business. “We were looking at expanding into a third location, hiring six or eight more employees, putting more people to work and creating a lot more taxes for the government, but unfair taxes on small business like that is going to have a negative effect on collecting taxes locally and on the federal level,”...

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County fire officials pleased with joint exercise

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes A joint firefighting exercise July 1 by Marion County Fire District No. 1 and general contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis turned out to be “very excellent,” according to Brian Woodley, assistant training officer for the district. “It was enjoyed by all the parties that were involved,” Woodley said of the exercise, which took place in a building under construction on the main campus of Chemeketa Community College. The fire district used two engine companies, two medics, one technical rescue, one incident command vehicle, a safety officer and a public information officer. Nineteen emergency responders worked with Lease Crutcher Lewis project management teams. The project involved a portable scaffolding collapse extending through two levels of the building, with three people reported to have varying levels of injuries. Woodley said that the contractor had proposed the exercise to the fire district and that the teams worked on the project for about two weeks before the...

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