Will Portland reveal who pays arts tax?

City Council will vote on the rule that discloses who pays the arts tax this Wednesday.

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City officials no longer want the public to know who pays the much-maligned arts tax and have proposed changes that may keep taxpayers’ identities secret. Although Portland has released taxpayers’ names since implementing the tax in 2012, officials now say such disclosures are unreasonable.

The proposal heads to the City Council for consideration Wednesday. It’s not slated for any public discussion.

That’s because the change — from Mayor Charlie Hales’ Office of Management & Finance — has been placed on the City Council’s “consent agenda,” which is supposed to include only routine, non-controversial matters.

(Read More: Oregon Live)

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