Portland Arts Tax Doomed By Computer Glitch
Portland City Hall
May 16, 2013, 4:38 pm
People who waited until the last moment to pay the $35 Portland Arts Tax crashed the system. The traffic was overwhelming. The links are still down on the city's website as they work to fix the problem.
The crash happened shortly after Mayor Charlie Hales' office said over 220,000 people had paid the tax that was passed by voters last November.
The system to pay will go back online next week with a new deadline announced then. The capacity will be improved. When fixed, the system will limit the number of people who can file at the same time to prevent another snafu.
The city's revenue director says the tax will bring in $12 million per year for art and music teachers, groups and projects.
You can still pay in person at the Revenue Bureau at SW 1st and Columbia, or by mail. You can get the forms here