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Is it time to help schools or make cuts?

This month, Multnomah County voters will vote on a proposal to raise their personal income taxes by 1.25 percentage points. Ballot Measure 26-48 would stipulate that the money raised in this manner would temporarily help pay for local health care and services for the elderly, public safety and public schools. The increase would expire after three years.

According to the League of Women Voters of Oregon, the income tax surcharge is expected to bring in an estimated $128 million to $135 million each year. The division of funds will be approximately 75 percent to schools and 25 percent to county services. Portland Public Schools would gain about $51 million annually.

A county resident with $30,000 in Oregon taxable income after deductions would pay about $252 more per year in taxes if voters approved the measure.

Mail-in ballots are due by May 20. Those who need ballots may call the Multnomah County Elections Office at 503-988-3720.