The $35 arts tax was due May 15, but it s not clear if any of the taxpayer money will benefit area schools in the coming school year.

In order to assure that schools receive funds this year, the city provided stop-gap funds in case lawsuits strike down the tax.

The city said it would contribute $1 million from its contingency fund, in addition to $1 million from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and $1 million from the six Portland-area school districts.

Each district will decide how it wants to spend the stop-gap funding. Portland schools said they plan on hiring some of the arts teachers that were originally budgeted for.

Other districts may bank the money and wait to see if lawsuits overturn the arts tax.

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