PORTLAND, Ore– Multnomah County Judge Steffan Alexander is looking at the legal part of the rules adopted by Metro to collect the 1% new income tax for homeless services. Voters in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties approved it in 2020.
The legality of the rule is being challenged by a business coalition and business organizations because they’re different than those approved by the state to collect state income tax. The judge did not make a ruling on May 21st. Persons earning 125 thousand dollars or couples earn 250 thousand dollars together would b e subject to the tax. Businesses with earnings of 5 million dollars or more would also have to pay the tax.