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Portland has extended the deadline for paying the city's new Art Tax because of heavy use on the website to collect payments.

The $35 payment was due Wednesday, May 15. It was approved by Portland voters and now applies to everyone earning over $1,000 a year, except those whose income comes from Social Security or the state Public Employee Retirement System.

"At this point the deadline to pay the Arts Tax will be extended until the problem is resolved. We appreciate everyone's patience with this situation," Dana Haynes, Mayor Charlie Hales' spokesman, said Wednesday afternoon.

Over 80 percent of Portlanders required to pay the tax have done so, generating around $6 million for schools to hire arts teachers and grants to regional arts organizations.


On a high usage day the website will see about 230 concurrent users. Throughout the day we have been experiencing approximately double that number just on the Arts Tax website alone.

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