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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

Arts Tax

FEB. 27, 2013 –Today, the Portland Revenue Bureau launched www.artstax.net to educate the public about the city’s groundbreaking new Arts Education & Access Fund, and to begin accepting $35 income tax payments from local residents.

Due annually beginning April 15, 2013, Portland’s new $35 income tax for income-earning adult residents of Portland (and exempting any taxpayer under the federal poverty limit) is expected tol generate approximately $12.2 million in annual net revenue. It was passed into law when 62 percent of Portland voters approved Ballot Measure 24-146 in November.

The Arts Education & Access Fund is a local income tax to restore arts education to every Portland elementary school and fund arts education and access programs citywide.

“Portland residents recognize the value of investing in art and music teachers, and they want more access to arts activities throughout the city,” said Jessica Jarratt Miller, Creative Advocacy Network executive director. “Now with just $35 we can ensure that every Portlander has access to our city’s cultural and creative riches.”