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Forum Will Discuss Budget Deficit

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EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s city deficit stands at around $5.3 million for the next fiscal year and the community has been very involved in giving their input on how to address it.

The City Club of Eugene is putting on a forum Friday to get the public’s input. It has invited members of the Meeting the Challenge Task Force that was created in 2009 to address the budget crisis.

Friday they’ll discuss how they would close the gap. One of their ideas is a 5 percent food and beverage tax that would bring in $14 million annually. Another recommendation is a utility surcharge that would raise about $2 million per year. The Lane County Assessor will also be there to present some property tax options.

The meeting is not an official city event. All of the speakers are giving their own ideas on how to address the deficit. The city is not considering any options until after its meeting on Monday and it plans to appoint a revenue team next year to look at revenue options.

Friday’s forum will be at the Eugene Hilton at 12 p.m. There will be a question and answer session with the speakers and everyone is invited to attend.

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