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 »

City Proposes Solution for Budget Gap

EUGENE, Ore. — A $6 million budget gap faces the city for the next fiscal year, but the city is trying to come up with solutions. Mayor Kitty Piercy says with the recession the city has seen fewer tax dollars, and over the past four years the council has had to cut $24 million out … Continue reading »

Residents Challenge Proposed Ordinances

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene residents called proposed fees to the city’s stormwater system a deception and they don’t want anything to do with it. The City Manager presented the option at the end of last year to help balance the $6 million gap in the budget. While, it could provide the city about $4.5 million … Continue reading »

Womenspace Closes Walk-In Advocacy

EUGENE, Ore. — Womenspace, a local nonprofit that helps domestic violence victims, cut a core service this month. Financial woes forced it to close its walk-in advocacy program this year. Staff members say domestic violence is a serious issue, but budget woes are making it more difficult to fight here in Lane County. It’s estimated … Continue reading »

Eugene Councilors Explore New Fee

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council made its first move toward finding a solution to ease budget concerns. The city manager pitched adding a $10 monthly service fee for all residents at Monday’s work session. The city’s projecting a multi-million dollar budget gap and the new fee would go to help offset potential cutbacks. … Continue reading »

City Explores Fees for Budget Deficit

EUGENE, Ore. –The city says after watching its footprint closely by cutting spending and city jobs, it still needs help meeting next years budget. The city got rid of 100 positions in the last four years; but starting in July, another $6 million budget gap in the general fund awaits them. Now it’s looking at … Continue reading »

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