Eugene Might Save Branch Libraries

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s City Manager is suggesting cuts to local libraries to help make up for a budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, but he says there’s still a good possibility that all the branches could stay open. City Manager Jon Ruiz told the budget committee Wednesday night that closing the Sheldon branch … Continue reading »

City Manager Budget Recommendations

EUGENE, Ore. — Changes could be coming to the Eugene Library and its branches if the Eugene Budget Committee approves the city manager’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2015. The city manager is recommending closing the Sheldon Library branch. But his suggestion doesn’t necessarily close the book on the library. It’s possible the branch could … Continue reading »

Eugene Budget Committee Seeks Input

EUGENE, Ore. — Facing a multi-million dollar budget gap, the Eugene Budget Committee is facing some tough decisions, and the committee would like to discuss ideas with you. Five workshops will be held at area high schools. Here are the times and locations: Tuesday, Oct. 15: South Eugene High School Wednesday, Oct. 23: Sheldon High … Continue reading »

Budget Committee Issues Recommendation

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Budget Committee finalized its recommendation for the city budget in an 11-to-four vote on Wednesday night. The committee is recommending a budget that doesn’t cut any city services, but would instead provide one-time funding to continue supporting local parks, pools, law enforcement and libraries. ┬áIt’s also proposing to take $4.2 … Continue reading »

Committee to Finalize Eugene Budget

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Budget Committee is finalizing its budget proposal Wednesday night. Committee members will hear testimony from the public at that time. The current recommendation is no cuts to public services and instead offer nearly $5.5 million in one time funding to support these services for the rest of the year. That … Continue reading »

Crowd Fills Budget Cut Meeting

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Budget Committee held its first meeting since City Manager Jon Ruiz unveiled his budget last week. Tuesday’s meeting, held in the Downtown Public Library’s Bascom-Tykeson room, was filled with people concerned about budget cuts. People also lined the hall and packed onto sidewalks outside. The committee even had to extend … Continue reading »