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City Fee Supporters Launch Campaign

EUGENE, Ore. — With the Lane County election less than two months away, city officials are ramping up support for a proposed city services fee.

Sheldon Pool is one of the many civic services fee supporters say will be cut if the measure doesn’t pass. Eugene Cares met Monday, to garner support for the fee they say is the only way to save services.

The library, parks and pools, homeless services are just handful on the long list of services the city says will disappear if Measure 20-211 doesn’t pass.

“Today we reluctantly face reducing and cutting many valued services. Thus, we are all standing here together to ask our community to come together and prevent more loss,” said Kitty Piercy, Eugene Mayor.

Mayor Piercy preluded speakers who took the podium on behalf a number of threatened civic services.

“The economy may be repairing, but the human services commission still needs our support,” said Chris Pryor, Eugene City Councilor.

“In specific terms, you loose swim lessons and drown-proofing,” said Steve Johnson, Eugene Cares.

“We’re going to lose our branch libraries if we don’t get the funding from this fee,” said Carol Hildebrand, Eugene Cares.

The fee would cost $10 per household per month with an adjusted option for low-income families that is still being worked out.

Those who oppose the fee say the fee’s five-year expiration date is too generous and that a flat fee isn’t fair for all residents.

Eugene Cares hopes monday’s event helped clarify what they could for skeptics.

“This ballot measure has a lot of moving parts, and it needs some explanation, and I think that that’s fair. I think the citizens want to learn more about it, and this is our first step in really communicating how important it is for saving city services,” said Chris Wig, Eugene Cares Campaign Manager.

Click here for more information on both the supportive and opposing sides of the Measure 20-211 argument.

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  1. Andrew Becker says:

    I’m one who thinks that we come from a generation of upstanding individuals who coughed up the money to have things like parks, pools, fire brigades, libraries, and the like because they believed in America and in our way of life. You got to grow up having those things because someone else paid for you. Least you can do is act like an adult, and keep paying for the things they did while you were growing up. Or, you can act like a child who doesn’t want to do their chores, and do the opposite of what the men and women who built our city did.

    The City has cut the budget every year for five years running. Eugene now has the lowest ratio of employees to residents since the number has been recorded. We are at the point where the City can’t cut certain budgets any more without banks lowering our rating and raising the interest rate on bonds. The programs they can cut either have to go away, or the fee has to be approved–unless you want the City to deliberately raise our interest rate and throw a massive chunk of money down the toilet on interest.

  2. Paul says:

    So this is a 5 year deal? I see it as the same thing as the Eugene city gas tax..once that was supposed to go out, the Eugene City crooks voted to make it become a part of Eugene..so to the supporters..umm, NO! you want to pay it so bad..then fund it yourself.
    Why is it that the State, County and City government think that a way trough a recession is to raise taxes on those that still have a job? Not cut the waste..but complain about it..cut services that people need, and leave the areas that don’t get the use.

  3. ahshucks says:

    If you want fee’s to keep these places open I suggest you charge a fee at the door. You lie when you say its a 5 year deal. Bring more jobs to Lane County and Eugene and you will have all the funds you need. Maybe we need the McKenzie group into Lane County and Eugene to do a study of what jobs and functions need to go. Get rid of the fat.

  4. Yes vote unjustified says:

    Eugene’s population is about the same as Salem’s, yet Salem has about 200 fewer public employees. After cutting the 100 unfilled positions, perhaps Eugene get real about slimming-down the City’s bloated administrative staff.

    Also, how about outsourcing some of the services and have the private sector do the providing? That would save on paying prevailing wages and lavished retirement and benefit packages.

    Passing the Fee will make the attached ordinance permanent. Approving this fee will provide the City with an unlimited reach into the citizens bank account. It only requires a yes vote of five city councilors to raise fees as much as they choose at any time they choose.

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