Lobby Day at the Oregon Capitol

We had a great turn out for the Campaign for Seniors and People with Disabilities Lobby Day on February 27.  Advocates from Hollywood Senior Center, Impact NW, Neighborhood House, ADVS Advisory Committees, AARP-Oregon, Urban League, IRCO, Elders in ActionSEIU and others packed the capital to advocate for funding for services for older adults. There will be many more opportunities to go to Salem this legislative session – watch our website for upcoming events!

Portland Arts Tax does good things but you might be exempt

Did you know that every Portland elementary school now has an arts teacher, thanks to the arts tax?  Portland Arts Tax revenue restores arts & music to schools and brings the arts to life citywide.
Every Portland resident age 18 and older is expected to pay the tax of $35.  But there are exemptions for individuals who are on restricted incomes.  Elders in Action is working with the City of Portland Revenue Division to identify those people and help them apply for their exemption.

These residents may be exempt for the Arts Tax:

  1. You are at least 70 years old or permanently disabled  AND
  2. Your household income is below the federal poverty guidelineOR 
  3. Your only income is social security.

Still uncertain if you qualify?

Then call Elders in Action

at 503-235-5474 or email by

clicking here.  One of our staff or volunteers will help you determine your status.  Do not ignore this tax because penalties can be significant!