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Committee Recommends Saving Services

EUGENE, Ore. — After several heated and passionate meetings, the Eugene Budget Committee decided not to recommend cutting city services from the FY14 budget.

The committee instead turned to one-time funds to offset the projected cuts. The city’s projecting a $6 million shortfall for next fiscal year.

The City Manager had proposed $5.3 million in cuts to services like EPD, public library and pools. Instead, the city will get the money from one-time funds like PERS and the City Hall Reserve.

The recommendation comes with the hopes Eugene Councilors will come up with a long-term solution.

Because of Monday’s action, the city’s cancelled a meeting for Tuesday night. A public hearing’s now scheduled for Wednesday night at the library.

The Eugene City Council will have the final say on the recommendation and the budget.

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