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City Proposes Change to Stormwater Fees

EUGENE, Ore. — Residents will have their chance to weigh in Tuesday on a plan that will affect everyone who lives in Eugene.

The Eugene City Council is holding a public hearing to talk about increasing how much Eugene residents pay in stormwater fees.

The change to stormwater fees is just one part of a plan pitched by the city manager. He presented it at a city council work session at the end of last year as a way to plug the gaping hole in the city’s budget.

Right now, the city gets money to operate and maintain parks, open space and natural areas from the general fund. The amendment being talked about Tuesday night would allow the city to use money from stormwater fees paid on utility bills.

While city staff are still working out exactly what this will cost residents, they say it won’t be more than $10 a month.

“This is part of a solution to balance the general fund budget and close a $6 million gap in the budget and really, the general fund supports a lot of highly-valued services to the community,” said Fred McVey, Engineering Data Services Manager.

The final amount will be determined by the budget and a rate-setting process.

The public hearing will start at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in Harris Hall inside the Lane County Public Service Building on 8th Avenue.

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  1. ahshucks says:

    Fee, fee, fee what the heck is wrong with you Eugene. If you want more money put it up for a vote. You people that run Eugene and Lane county is getting more like China. There is a lot of us on fixed income’s.

  2. ahshucks says:

    That’s 30% increase of current waste water bill. You are blood suckers

  3. annoyed says:

    This is not just a ten dollar raise – its 10 dollars worth of food out of my cupboard. What are they thinking – only 10 bucks is a lot of money for some of us and what they really need to do is stay in their own budgets and stop dipping into our pockets. Our utility bills are already unaffordable and then adding another fee on top -that is just a joke!

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