Can't pay, won't pay the new Art Tax.
The City of Portland just sent the people of Portland a request to send them $35.00 for the new 'Arts Tax, which our dear upper income fellow Portlanders voted in last November. And now is the time we all HAVE (so they hope) to pay.
As long as you are over 18 and you are a resident of Portland, you are expected to pay. Someone on minimum wage or a senior will pay the same as a millionaire. You are exempt in you have NO income. Or if the household income is below the federal poverty level which is;
People in household Poverty guideline
Well, my invitation went into the junk mail recycling, because that is just what it looks like.
We are also expected to 'file and pay' online.
Do they seriously think that everyone has a computer, or even knows how to use one?
Many people just don't have the money for this tax, regardless of how worthy it may be.
It seems that the people who drafted this tax put nothing into place of how to collect it. If tens of thousands of people don't send in their money, just who is going to come after them for it?
One last thing, on the 'Arts Tax Notice' it states that 'the tax will fund Portland School teachers.
It seems to me that the teachers are paid by the school board, and this tax is not going to the school board, so don't blame teachers who already pay out of their own pockets for some of the supplies in their student's classroom.
We need good funding for schools, so it's time to tax the rich more for them.
If you can't pay, don't pay!