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Tax Exemption Discussions Resume

EUGENE, Ore. — Many people turned out to speak about tax incentives in downtown Eugene Monday night.

The debate at the city council meeting centered around the Multi-unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) program.

The program provides tax incentives to developers of projects like the Capstone student housing complex downtown.

Councilors chose to suspend MUPTE earlier this year. During Monday’s council work session, they talked about defining the exemption tool.

“There’s a lot of interest in making sure we really focus on affordable housing, that there’s some way to make sure that this actually helps. The other thing I heard a lot of is about the importance of making sure there’s local hiring,” said Sarah Medary, Eugene Assistant City Manager.

Councilors hope to decide whether to reinstate the program before their summer break.

A public hearing would be a part of any decision.

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