Board Approves Lane County Budget

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County’s spending is set for another year. Commissioners adopted their new budget of $492 million Tuesday morning, and it adds some services. Lane County commissioners say the simple fact they unanimously approved the new budget is something that doesn’t happen very often. Because of that, Commissioner Chair Pat Farr he says … Continue reading »

Lane County to Deliver Budget Message

EUGENE, Ore. — More details about the proposed Lane County budget will be revealed Thursday evening. The total budget is $466 million–down $34 million from the current year. Lane County Administrator Liane Richardson will present her budget message to the budget committee. It’s titled “A Brighter Future.” Richardson will outline the changes and steps being … Continue reading »

County’s Projected Revenue Down Again

EUGENE, Ore. — The county administrator has released next year’s budget. This is still a proposal, but the projected revenue is down again. The proposed county budget is $466 million, which is down $34 million from the previous year. County leaders say they saw this coming and are working to consolidate funds. The proposed budget … Continue reading »

Public Safety Levy Ballot Vote Delayed

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Commissioners inched closer to putting a public safety tax levy on the May ballot. Commissioners once again listened to comments Tuesday night from the public on why they would or would not vote for more taxes. Last week commissioners asked staff to come up with ballot language for the levy. … Continue reading »

City Council Discusses Fees, Levy

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Council will discuss taxing at Monday night’s work session and public meeting. The tax would be used to help fill a $6 million budget gap next year. At last week’s meeting, councilors directed the city manager to come back with plan for an ordinance. The council will take action on … Continue reading »

Sheriff Addresses State of County Safety

EUGENE, Ore. — The state of public safety was the topic at hand Thursday. Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner, joined by District Attorney Alex Garner, Commissioner Sid Leiken, and many other public safety heads, addressed the media and ultimately the public about the still very bleak state of public safety in Lane County, and the … Continue reading »

County Cuts Child Porn Investigations

EUGENE, Ore. — Another victim of Lane County budget cuts is child pornography investigations. Along with closing jail beds, which led to the release of all these inmates, the county cut a forensic analyst position and other positions that helped with those cases. That meant dumping at least 40 cases that detectives were working on. … Continue reading »

County Officials Discuss Use of Federal Funds

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County leaders are watching Congress closely, hoping lawmakers approve a transportation bill that includes federal timber payments. The county just passed its budget earlier this week, but it received news Wednesday that it could be coming into about $10 million in federal funds. And while it’s not set in stone, there … Continue reading »

Family and Friends React to Inmates’ Release

EUGENE, Ore. — Family and friends of both Alan Platt and Bryson Krissie are speaking out about the release of inmates accused of killing their loved ones. Platt was killed at South Creek Lake this past May, and investigators believe Aaron Curry did it. “I’m feeling very outraged. Murders, rapists and child molesters should be … Continue reading »

96 Inmates Released from Lane County Jail

EUGENE, Ore. — For the third and final day, the Lane County Jail released inmates en masse. Thirty-two got out Thursday. This brings the total to 96 inmates released within the past three days. Three of the 32 inmates released Thursday are awaiting trial for lethal crimes. Jason Manske was being held for a hit-and-run … Continue reading »

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