Personal Income Tax for Universal Pre-K

Dedicated Funding Streams & Financing

  • Taxes

Multnomah County, OR, Oregon

Multnomah County’s Preschool for All (PFA) initiative is funded by a personal income tax on high-income earners who live or work in Multnomah County. This includes a 1.5% tax on income over $200,000 for joint filers ($125,000 for single filers) and another 1.5% on income over $400,000 for joint filers ($250,000 for single filers). 

In 2023, the tax generated $152 million in revenue, which the county plans to use to expand the early childhood education system by 12,000 publicly funded preschool slots by 2030. Specifically, the county will create new preschool classrooms, subsidize existing ones, and offer teachers higher pay (from $19.91 to $37 per hour). 

Sources:

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Multnomah County Department of County Human Services