The Levy is a City of Portland initiative that annually generates $20 million through a property tax of $0.4026 per $1,000 assessed valuation, or about $60 a year for a home with an assessed value of $150,000. 95 cents of every dollar goes directly into proven children's programs throughout the city.
The Portland Children's Levy grew out of a need to increase children’s access to proven programs that support positive early development, school engagement and academic achievement, high school graduation, and family safety and stability. Portland voters created the Levy in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed it for the third time for an additional five years in Spring 2018, as well as two previous times in Spring 2013 and Fall 2008. The new Levy begins July 2019 and runs through June 2024.
The Levy is annually audited and administrative expenses cannot exceed 5 percent of revenues.
Programs are funded through a competitive application process. See a full list of 2020-23 PCL investments and funding amounts.