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Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Art Tax

(Portland, OR)  --  The Oregon Supreme Court is set today to hear arguments on whether the Portland Art Tax is constitutional.  The "Portland Tribune" reports two lower courts have upheld the constitutionality of the 35-dollar Arts Tax, which must be paid yearly by all Portlanders 18 and older.  Those living in households with incomes below the poverty level or whose primary incomes come from certain government pensions are exempt.  Retired attorney George Witteymer argues the tax violates the Oregon Constitution's prohibition against "head taxes," but the tax has been upheld by a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge and the Oregon Court of Appeals.

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