EUGENE, Ore. – A group aiming to put the new public safety payroll tax on the ballot failed to collect enough signatures on Thursday.
The Eugene City Council passed the tax on June 10 to raise money for public safety services in the city.
The Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network said they needed to get around 6,000 signatures by July 11 to challenge the council’s decision and fell short at about 3,300.
Organizers cited the time crunch as a contributing factor. They said they only had 30 days to collect signatures.
The group will meet Sunday at 11 a.m. at Whirled Pies, 8th Avenue and Charnelton Street, to discuss their next steps.
The community is divided over the tax, and while some are opposed to it, others said they think it's fair because it's based on how much a person makes.