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 »

Sheriff’s Office’s Grant Runs Out

Residents in rural Lane County will be forced to say good-bye to their local deputies. A federal grant that funds the Lane County’s Sheriff’s Office’s resident deputies in those areas is running out. Over the last ten years the sheriff’s office has seen a 61-percent reduction in its patrol department, and the cuts aren’t over. … Continue reading »

4J Considers More Cuts

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District could be looking at even more cuts. The superintendent made the announcement Thursday. 4J administrators say they’re being forced to consider more cuts to services and jobs. While nothing is set in stone yet, parents and staff had plenty of opinions. “It’s really difficult for the kids to … Continue reading »

4J Begins Budget Discussions

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District is projecting a massive budget shortfall. The budget committee met with administrators Monday. It projected the state of the district’s finances for the 2013-14 school year. The shortfall could be as high as $16 million. Part of the problem is a lack of state funding. “When you need … Continue reading »

Eugene Property Tax Levy Moves Forward

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council is moving forward with plans to place a property tax levy on the May ballot. Councilors instructed the city manager to come back with wording for a ballot initiative. Before councilors voted, they listened to about an hour and a half of comments from the public, Monday night. … Continue reading »

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