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.