Budget Committee Considers Options

EUGENE, Ore. — While a majority of Tuesday night’s city budget meeting was spent giving public comment, there was a little time left over for a discussion about funds. Committee members talked about the possibility of using one-time funds to prevent immediate cuts. The money would come from potential PERS savings or drawing on reserves. … Continue reading »

Lane County Holds Special Budget Meeting

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County legislators will hold a special town meeting Monday night regarding Oregon’s budget problems. Oregon Reps. Peter Buckley, Phil Barnhart, Paul Holvey, John Lively and Nancy Nathanson will be in attendance along with state Sens. Lee Beyer and Chris Edwards. They legislators plan to discuss thoughts and ideas on Oregon’s budget, … Continue reading »

DMV Offices Closed Friday

EUGENE, Ore. — DMV and other state offices will be closed for a mandatory furlough day Friday, as well as Monday, making for a four-day weekend. It’s the last of 10 statewide mandatory unpaid days over the biennium. It’s estimated the furloughs will have saved the state more than $163 million over the two-year period. … Continue reading »

Budget Meeting Held After Fee Fails

EUGENE, Ore. — Just days after Eugene city voters rejected a city service fee, the budget committee was back at the table looking at what’s next for the budget and cuts. Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz presented the budget Thursday night. Now that extra revenue from a city fee will not be collected, the same … Continue reading »

Eugene Releases Proposed Budget

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene released its proposed 2014 budget, which City Manager Jon Ruiz says is really more like two budgets. Ruiz says this year’s budget should sound familiar, considering most of it revolves around the hot topic of the proposed city service fee. It’s a conversation that’s been buzzing for months … Continue reading »

Willamalane Budget Awaits Adoption

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A new Willamalane budget now awaits adoption by the district board of directors. The budget committee unanimously approved a budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year Wednesday night. Next year’s Willamalane budget is waiting for the board of directors to adopt it. This year’s budget carries some extra weight. Willamalane committee members say … Continue reading »

Willamalane Approves $36 Million Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The Willamalane Park and Recreation District budget committee unanimously approved the $36 million budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1. In addition, the committee approved the FY 2012-2013 tax rate of $2.0074 per $1,000 of assessed value and a levy of $1,938,377 for payment of General Obligation bond principal … Continue reading »

4J Prepares for More Staff Cuts

EUGENE, Ore — Informal negotiations between 4J administrators and the Eugene Education Association came to a standstill Thursday; unless they come to an agreement soon, the district could be seeing nearly double the cuts in staff. While 4J’s budget struggles aren’t news to anyone, it didn’t lessen the sting of the announcement about potentially bigger … Continue reading »

Students March for Education Funding

SALEM, Ore.– Hundreds of students from more than 15 schools marched to the Capitol steps to ask legislators to make higher education more affordable. At the rally in Salem, students demanded increases to higher education budgets including: $850 million for universities, $510 million for community colleges, $15 million for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon’s only … Continue reading »

Residents Voice Concerns About 4J Cuts

EUGENE, Ore. — Emotions soared as community members pleaded with the 4J School Board on a number of issues. Main concerns Wednesday night focused on the school district cuts to mental health services and libraries along with the change to the school schedule. Dozens of people turned out for the meeting. Some residents talked about … Continue reading »

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