The Portland Arts Tax was put into play just this year and is to help teachers and non-profit organizations that have a focus on art. This is a $35 income tax that all Portland residents must pay, unless they are below the federal poverty line. This bill was easily passed, however, as the 2013 due date for taxes arrived, difficulties set in. There were many issues with who should be eligible (originally they said anyone 18 years or older), and then there were illegal actions regarding Social Security. Also, there is the major problem of not everyone filing who is supposed to. All this ended up costing the fund the bill was going to help about $1 million. This article helps explain it in more detail (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/07/portlands_art_tax_revenue_lags.html).
Should Oregon have waited another year or so before taxing us for this bill? Do you think this bill is really worth all the complications? Why or why not? And if you think this bill will be beneficial, should we think about creating a science or physical education or another bill that will benefit a certain subject? Or is that asking too much out of us taxpayers?