Council to consider raising Arts Tax administrative limit
The City Council will consider eliminating the maximum 5 percent administrative limit for administering the Arts Tax on Wednesday.
The council will also considering raising the income threshhold of those who do not have to pay the annual $35 tax from the poverty level to twice the poverty level.
The 5 percent administrative limt was including in the measure approved by Portland voters at the November 2012 election to help fund arts education and arts institutions. It is administered by the Portland Revenue Division, whose costs have exceeded 8 percent over the past five years, however.
The resolution to be considered Wednesday says the limit is preventing the bureau from maximizing the collection of the tax. It proposes the council review the administration of the tax during the annual budget cycle.
The resolution also says that increasing the threshhold for being exempt from paying the tax will make it more equitable.
Despite the administrative problems, Art Tax collections 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.
You can read the resolution at www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/676248.