East Portland

Arts tax redux: Deadline extended to June 10

Arts tax redux: Deadline extended to June 10
The City of Portland wants to collect the $35 arts tax through online payments.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Do you still need to pay your Portland arts tax? The city has now extended the deadline to June 10 after its website crashed on the night of the first deadline.

A spokesman for Mayor Charlie Hales said the website is working again and taking payments. Most Portland residents are on the hook to pay the $35 tax that was approved by voters in November.

The site crashed on May 15 because too many people tried to access the system at one time. To prevent the system from overloading again, the city has limited the number of people who can file on the site at any one time.

If the site is maxed out, new users will be asked to return in a few minutes and try again.

The city is also working to increase the overall capacity of the site, spokesman Dana Haynes said.

You can find the arts tax website at PortlandOregon.gov/artstax. If you have questions you can call (503) 865-4ART.