Some Who Don’t Owe It Pay New Portland Arts Tax

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland officials say some retirees are due refunds because they mistakenly paid a new $35-per-person city tax aimed at supporting the arts.

Mayoral spokesman Dana Haynes says the taxpayers got most of their income from Social Security or Oregon public pensions, benefits the city doesn’t tax.

There’s no estimate of how many are eligible. Refund procedures are spelled out at .

The new tax has been challenged in court, and the city hurried to revise it earlier this year. It turned out the law required anyone in a household above the federal poverty level to pay the $35 tax — even an individual who made less than $35. So, people who made less than $1,000 in 2012 were exempted.

Voters approved the tax in November. It’s due May 15.

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