City Hall Watch: Report says art tax administrative costs too high
The City Council agreed to consider proposals for reducing the administrative costs of the $35-a-year art tax when it accepted the 2017 annual report on it Wednesday.
The report said administrative costs have averaged nearly 8 percent over the past five years, not the 5 percent maximum in the ballot measure approved by voters in November 2012.
Ideas discussed ranged from raising the cap to using discretionary general fund dollars to supplement the administration of the tax, officially called the Arts Education and Access Fund.
On the other hand, the report said collections to support arts classes in schools and nonprofit arts organizations have increased over the past five years, growing from $7.9 million in 2012 to $9.6 million in 2016. Nearly one-quarter of Portlanders are still not voluntarily paying it, however.
Neighborhood Small Grants offered
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement is offering $100,000 in Neighborhood Small Grants to neighborhood and community organizations for community engagement projects. The grants are available through Portland's seven neighborhood district coalitions. Each has its own application process and deadline.
Goals include increasing the number and diversity of people engaged in their communities and neighborhoods. Priority is placed on projects involving underserved communities, including people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income individuals and families, youth, homeless people, people with disabilities, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
You can lean more at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/43120.
Bicycle Parking Code online open house ongoing
The Portland of Transportation is updating the city's Bicycle Parking Code and offering an online open house for the public to learn about it.
Over the past 18 months, the stakeholder advisory committee developed a set of recommendations that include updating the amount of required short- and long-term bicycle parking, allowing for reduced spacing for rack placement, encouraging space-saving rack designs, and establishing a hierarchy of bicycle parking location and security standards.
The open house is available through Sept. 25 and can be found at tinyurl.com/ya757wku.