EUGENE, Ore. — A city property tax levy and stormwater and parks fee are off the table in Eugene.
Instead, Eugene city counselors are moving forward with putting a city service fee on the ballot.
The fee would raise $5.3 million to help with funding city services. You may recall the city is facing a $6 million budget shortfall. If passed, the city would still have to come up with additional revenue streams or look at making additional cuts.
It appears after public comment, counselors felt there wouldn’t be as much support for a property tax levy and that a fee would throw more people into the mix, not just property owners.
“The polling that we have done has said that the majority of the voters would prefer a fee–a reasonable fee–set at no more than $10, and they said we are definitely capping that, and anything above $10 would have to go back to the voters,” said Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz.
Counselors will need to vote on Wednesday to decide whether they want to put a service fee on the ballot.