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 »

Groups Voice Opinions at Budget Hearing

EUGENE, Ore. – The City of Eugene Budget Committee heard from the community as it held its first of two public hearings on proposals for the 2015 fiscal year, Tuesday. It was a diverse crowd as folks came to voice their opinions. While there were a number of points of concern, one issue took center stage: the … Continue reading »

Budget Committee Pushes Stop-Gap Measure

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene’s budget meeting set for Tuesday is cancelled, but the discussion about Monday night’s decision continues. Committee members are pushing to buy some time with a proposal to use some one-time funds. That has residents questioning their city administrators. While most of the citizens KEZI 9 News spoke to–especially … Continue reading »

Eugene Budget Talks Bring More Questions

EUGENE, Ore. — Another lengthy discussion during the Eugene city budget meeting Thursday night brought about some ideas, but concerns still linger. Councilors are still going back and forth about how to avert pending cuts to city services. There was a popular recommendation made, but it only provides a temporary fix but could save services … Continue reading »

City Budget Meeting Resumes

EUGENE, Ore. — City leaders hashed out their budget again Thursday night, trying to figure out how to keep from slashing $5.3 million in public services. It was another night of debating how to fund services and another night of outcry from the community. After the city fee didn’t pass in the May election pools, … Continue reading »

City Holds Another Public Budget Meeting

EUGENE, Ore. — The city’s budget committee will continue discussions Thursday night as it figures out a way to fill an estimated $6.3 million shortfall. Last week, City Manager Jon Ruiz proposed $5.3 million in cuts to various city services, including libraries, fire, police, parks and recreation. The service cuts currently on the table aren’t … 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 »

Eugene City Council Discusses Future

EUGENE, Ore. — Last night, President Obama signed off on across-the-board budget cuts, leaving government at every level looking to find ways to save money. The Eugene City Council is already preparing for the changes. For the past two days, the council has been working to identify the needs of the city in its annual … Continue reading »

Budget Cuts Affect Rose Garden

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene faces a $6 million budget shortfall, and already the city is scaling back. Roses at the Owen Rose Garden got the cut. With more than 3,500 roses at the garden, there’s always work to be done. Two full-time employees, one shared seasonal worker and a team of volunteers … Continue reading »

Potential Levy and Stormwater Fee

EUGENE,  Ore. — Two proposed city fees have been chopped and modified, now Eugene city councilors are ready to hash out both options again. The last time the city fee options were discussed at Harris Hall, the details didn’t go over too well with the public. The city service fee has been tossed out, and … Continue reading »