KATU News: Portland council candidate Julia DeGraw proposes tax to pay for housing, social services

by KATU News

One of the candidates running for Portland City Council this year is suggesting a new tax to pay for housing and social services.

Julia DeGraw is running for council seat 2 against Philip Wolfe, Nicholas Sutton, and incumbent Nick Fish.

On Wednesday, she held a rally to support her proposal, which she calls the “brass tax.”

It would increase taxes on the wealthiest Portlanders to fund services like mental health and addiction programs, as well as affordable housing.

“What we want to do is identify how much money the programs we want to fund cost and then we want to make the tax package meet that goal,” said DeGraw.

DeGraw is proposing a city income tax with rising rates for the top 10, 5, 2, and 1 percent of income earners.

KATU News reached out to candidate Fish for his opinion on the tax, but have yet to hear back.