All of this stems from a $6 million budget shortfall. The fee would not exceed $5, and the council says there will be plenty of public comment opportunities to come this year.
“All that does is it would create the mechanism to be able to fund parks out of our stormwater fee. I should emphasize that the council did not say they are going to set a fee in that that will all come during the budget process,” said Jon Ruiz, Eugene City Manager.
Council is also exploring a property tax levy that would equal about $50 a year.
A public hearing for the five-year property tax levy will be held on Feb. 4. The council then must decide whether to refer that levy to the May ballot.