OLCC Seeks Public Comment on Two Distilled Spirits Surcharge Proposals

Written comments may be submitted until Monday, June 3, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. 

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is inviting the public to comment on two distilled spirits surcharge proposals. The proposals include extending the current 50-cent surcharge, as well as a separate, additional 25-cent surcharge on distilled spirits.

OLCC Commissioners will hear public testimony on the two proposals during the April 25-26 Commission meeting. The agenda will be published on the OLCC website Thursday, April 18, 2013. Please contact Austene Schneider if you wish to appear before the commission during the April meeting, to provide verbal comments.

Written comments on both proposals are being accepted through 5:00 PM, June 3, 2013. Submit your comments to Austene Schneider, Executive Assistant, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Portland, OR 97222, or via email at austene.schneider@state.or.us.

The Governor’s Balanced Budget for the OLCC for the 2013-2015 biennium includes an extension of the current 50-cent surcharge on distilled spirits. OLCC Commissioners’ action is required to continue the current surcharge levels. The current 50-cent per bottle surcharge is scheduled to expire June 30, 2013.

If the 50-cent surcharge is continued, it is expected to generate $32.4 million for the biennium. The 25-cent surcharge would generate approximately $16.2 million for the biennium. How revenue is distributed is determined by statute and can only be changed by the legislature.

Per OAR 845-015-0138, the Commission shall consider any written or verbal comments before implementing such a price increase.

Commissioners will vote on the two proposals at a special meeting to be held in June. Public notice for the specific date and time of this meeting will be provided as soon as it is determined