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.