EUGENE, Ore. — The most controversial and debated on this ballot was the city services fee.
The preliminary numbers did not look good. The fee’s supporters gathered at The Bier Stein as those first numbers loaded up. With nearly a 2-to-1 vote against Measure 20-211, what may be tough loss for city officials is just the beginning for their opponents.
As those last-minute ballots were dropped off, folks on both sides of the measure were preparing for the big reveal.
People scrolled through their phones anxiously awaiting those first set of numbers, which were an utter disappointment for city leaders.
“I understand that people are still struggling in the economy and this ask might have been hard for them. So we certainly accept that answer and move forward and do the best we can with the resources we have,” said Kitty Piercy, City of Eugene Mayor.
But their loss was another’s gain. Those opposed gathered around the fireplace at a nearby home, glad to see this battle won.
“To threaten to cut those essential services if this doesn’t pass is totally inappropriate. I think there are many other options to address a budget gap,” said David Monk, No on 200-211 Committee Member.
Those opponents say they hope this is only the beginning of their efforts to show city leaders they need to spend more wisely.
“It is of utmost importance that citizens stay engaged because right now there are no checks and balances except for the voters,” said Bonny Bettman McCornack, No on 20-211 Committee Member.
Despite their loss, the mayor and councilors said they were happy for the other county measures and will continue to work towards finding some sort of solution to their financial problems and that could mean some big cuts in the near future.