I originally supported the Multnomah ITAX, because I felt that the school funding was necessary and worth the investment. Unfortunately, those revenues have not been used effectively and all we have is a new cumbersome beaurocracy that deserves to die so politicians can come up with real solutions. Here's why:
1) The three year ITAX was presented as a temporary solution to avoid painful cuts so that politicians could come up with a more permanent and sustainable way of funding our schools. Three years later, nobody seems to have an alternative solution and city and county officials are back to brainstorming quick fixes.
2) The costs of the beaurocracy have far exceeded original projections, causing the county to hire numerous positions to support the ITAX, as well as costly consultants.
3) For a government that went to taxpayers with hat in hand asking for help, the ITAX office has become just another rude and incompetent bunch of bill collectors. Every year I pay my taxes on time. This year I did the same, but for some reason it got lost and I got hit with a late penalty because I have an April 16 postmark. Minor technicality right? Months later I'm still being billed and nobody at the county seems to be able to fix it or even allow me to speak to someone who could.
I recently visited a convenience store where the clerk was complaining about similar problems. Apparently, this "progressive tax" is hitting people making minimum wage, too. Of course, the county is very good at collections, but not solving mistakes or serving the citizens. Has anybody else had these kinds of problems?
I say screw the Multnomah County ITAX. I wanted to help and do my part for funding schools, but not anymore. Multnomah County and Portland need to solve their incompetent beaurocracies and get rid of their stupid, quick fix politicians.