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Deadline to pay arts tax delayed after online system crash

PORTLAND, Ore. – The city has extended the deadline to pay Portland's art tax indefinitely after an overwhelming number of people paying the tax online crashed the city's online payment system.

The City of Portland issued a news release Thursday that the arts tax deadline, initially delayed to Thursday, was extended "until this problem is resolved."

You won't be able to pay online until the website is restored, but you can pay in person or by mail.

People trying to pay the Portland arts tax before Wednesday night’s deadline apparently crashed the city’s online payment system and as of Thursday evening it had not been restored. A statement said it would likely be offline for the next few days.

A KATU web producer was trying to pay her $35 tax on Wednesday evening, but got an error message saying the system was overloaded.

A city spokesman later confirmed that "due to overwhelming response" of people paying their tax the city website crashed.

Spokesman Dana Haynes said the website had about 500 users on the page at any given time on Wednesday, which is double the typical traffic for a city web page. That traffic apparently crashed the page.

To file and pay in person, visit the city office at 111 SW Columbia Street, Suite 600.

Voters approved the arts tax last November to fund arts education in Portland schools.