Voters have shown their willingness to support higher property taxes for books and an income tax for arts.
A ballot measure to create a Multnomah County Library taxing district leads
Meanwhile, a new tax painted as a way to fund arts teachers in local public schools is passing, 58
The tax would charge every adult Portland resident above federal poverty levels $35. Along with paying for an arts teacher for every 500 students in Portland city limits, the tax would fund a swath of arts nonprofits, including the Oregon Symphony and Portland Art Museum.