Eugene payroll tax to be discussed Tuesday night

If you want to voice your opinion on the matter, the meeting is at 7:30 Tuesday night at the Downtown Library.

Posted: May 27, 2019 5:25 PM
Updated: Nov 4, 2019 4:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The City of Eugene is asking your opinion about a first-of-its-kind payroll tax that could raise tens of millions of dollars for more police officers and public safety.

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If the proposed tax is approved, about 65 percent of the funding would go to police.

"We can always use a little more help," said Eugene resident Fredrick Smith. "There's been a lot more activity going on in the city I've noticed. I live downtown, predominantly."

Of the rest of the funding, 10 percent would to go to fire and emergency services,15 percent would go to court services, and 10 percent would go to homeless services.

"Taxes are usually not a happy thing to bring up but anything thats going into help the community to feel a little bit safer, I'm always for it," Smith said.

If you make $14 an hour, it would add up to about $10 a month. For someone who makes $20 an hour, it would be $14.

If you want to voice your opinion on the matter, the meeting is set for 7:30 Tuesday night at the Downtown Library. If you can't make it to the public hearing, you can give your input through the city's website.

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