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City Council Discusses Fees, Levy

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Council will discuss taxing at Monday night’s work session and public meeting. The tax would be used to help fill a $6 million budget gap next year.

At last week’s meeting, councilors directed the city manager to come back with plan for an ordinance. The council will take action on the ordinance at the work session, but that doesn’t guarantee there will be a fee. Another discussion will take place in the spring as part of the budget process.

The city council will also discuss a proposed $3.6 million property tax levy that could be placed on the May ballot. That tax rate would be about 28 cents per $1,000 assessed value, which means the average homeowner pays about $51 a year.

“What the level is really set up to do is to continue some funding of some important services that have been funded the last couple of years with one-time money, and the question is whether or not you want those one-time money items to continue,” said Jon Ruiz, Eugene City Manager.

Councilors need to make a decision by Feb. 13, if they want to put the tax levy on the May ballot.

The public meeting is Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Harris Hall.

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