EUGENE, Ore.-- There's a growing push for more oversight within the City of Eugene. Two groups are battling to put measures on the May ballot that would elect or appoint a city auditor.
The first push, organized by volunteers in a group called City Accountability, is Measure 20-283. More than 13,000 people have signed up to support the measure, ensuring its spot on the ballot.
According to the group, they propose electing an auditor who would detect and prevent fraud, improve services, and reduce risk exposure.
One of the most important parts of their plan is that this auditor would be independent from the city, meaning the auditor would answer to the voters, not city officials.
KEZI 9 News spoke to Bonny McCornack with City Accountability on Thursday.
“Measure 20-283 preserves the form of city government, and protects the form of city government…While adding badly needed democratic checks and balances,” McCornack said.
Another group, Citizens for Sensible Oversight, is pushing for a revised measure. They said Measure 20-283 is fatally flawed. They propose an appointed auditor that the Eugene City Council would elect.
KEZI 9 News spoke to supporters of the new draft who said things like cost and residency requirements are the biggest issues with the measure.
"A very troubling thing on our heart is that there's no residency requirement. At this point, an auditor could live in another state. And, you know, I think that's a mistake that's been made that needs to be fixed," Julie Daniel, a supporter, said.
She said another problem is that there isn't time for a runoff vote. That means if six people were to run, and someone wins by as low as seventeen percent, that person would be voted in, even though they didn't get many votes.