EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene residents will continue to pay five cents for every paper bag in Eugene, after the council voted down an ordinance to suspend the fee.
The Eugene City Council was looking at suspending the fee until December while it looked at the plastic bag ban, but that suspension was denied.
A couple of people spoke about the fee during public comment. Councilors also had a lengthy discussion, some saying they’d heard grocers hated the fee while others said they had heard grocers saying the complaints from customers had stopped already.
Ultimately councilors decided to keep it around.
Councilor Mike Clark voted to do away with the fee and was not happy with this decision.
“I think that’s a bad idea. I am considering the idea of gathering enough petitions to put it on the ballot, but I think it’s the wrong thing for the city to be doing,” said Councilor Clark.
Portland does not require the five-cent fee. Corvallis does, but it recently adopted an ordinance that required the fee be charged only to large grocery style bags.