Now with a new and improved deadline, the unconstitutional Portland head "arts" tax, which was due by April 15 May 15, is now due on June 10. Unless something else goes wrong.
This is the second time the deadline has been extended. The due date was pushed back once before when the mayor's office asked the City Council to create a $1,000 income floor so those with low-paying jobs living in households above the poverty level wouldn't have to pay the tax.
Later, the city also faced heat over confusion about whether it could tax social security income. That question led to a clumsy reversal and a promise of future refunds.
And "clumsy" is a good way to describe The Zero's coverage of the issue, as well: in addition to So-So Security being untaxable for this purpose, it emerged that federal pensions and PERS pensions can't be taxed, either. So the city's promising refunds to any folks from those groups who jumped the gun and paid up.
Assuming that they can find them.
On the other hand, a goodly number of folks appear to be awaiting the outcome of pending litigation before parting with their cash - which in many homes amounts to another $70 or more per year, although if only the husband works and the wifey stays home in the kitchen, they'd only be out $35. Nothing regressive about this turkey, not here in progressive Porkland, nossir.
One guy had an excellent solution:
I sent the tax bill back with a "not at this address" stamp on it.
As far as I know, Mr. Resident has never lived here.