Portland’s $35 Tax for Arts Education Faces Challenges

A tax to fund arts education in Portland, Oregon has recently come up against legal and administrative challenges, as reported by Artsy:

Passed as a ballot initiative with the support of 62% of Portland voters in 2012, the arts tax requires most city residents to pay a flat fee of $35 annually to support and expand arts education in the city’s schools. So why has a relatively small charge for a worthy cause resulted in years of pushback?

Retired Attorney George Wittemyer, who sued Portland over the issue in March of 2013, found legal, rather than ideological, problems with the tax.

Read the full article on Artsy.