Multnomah County voters will decide May 20 whether they want to raise their personal income taxes by 1.25 percentage points temporarily to help pay for local health care and services for the elderly, public safety and public schools.

About three-quarters of the $135 million raised per year through the proposed three-year tax would go to county school districts, including about $51 million annually to Portland Public Schools.

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.

In addition, some schools in the Portland area have supplemented state and city funds by generating their own fund-raising campaigns. Some feel that schools have grown too reliant upon privately generated funds.

The Tribune looks at issues raised by fund-raising campaigns conducted by private citizens. As the election draws near, we will continue to seek and present perspectives on school funding.

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