Portland Revises Controversial Arts Tax
March 27, 2013, 12:43 pm
The Portland City Council held an emergency vote this morning to address a mistake in the wording of the new arts tax
that was passed by voters last fall.
Mayor Charlie Hales said there's a pretty significant problem with it and tasked the council with changing the language.
Before, anybody 18 and older with a job would have to pay the $35 annual tax, regardless of how much they made. That's been revised to only those who make more than $1,000 a year.
The tax is expected to raise nearly $12 million per year for arts and music education. Half of that money will go to public schools.
Because of the confusion, the city is giving taxpayers an extra month to pay. It's due now on May 15th.