I hope they are taxed like the rest of us, especially for their housing/land.
You said -- "I hope they are taxed like the rest of us, especially for their housing/land."
You know..., property taxes in Oregon are on the high side. But, there is no sales tax. I'd rather keep the sales tax out of Oregon, myself. And the voters have voted against it over the years.
But, even with property taxes being what they are in Oregon, I mean -- how much is property tax going to be on a place that has no "real value"? I mean, tax a shelter that is worth $50 and will cost $100 to tear down and carry away (if need be). Well, yes then, maybe tax them. Okay, let's see one nickel a year in property taxes, maybe a dime -- I don't know (at the going rate).
All right -- let's see if we can find one or two bottles on the street to pay my property taxes per year. That should do it.
Oh..., of course, you do know that Oregon was the beginning of the "Bottle Bill" -- where you have to charge deposit on pop bottles (anything with carbonation). They figured, when they began that law that the "bums" would be the ones who "cleaned up" the different areas of the state by picking up the bottles for deposit (and they do!).
Well, so much for property taxes...
The "village" is on public property.
The group living there is essentially organized as an HOA, with bylaws the residents/'members' must sign & agree to abide by.
The whole thing is registered as a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization.
Taxes? We only need YOUR stinkin' taxes!