Budget Gap
6:35 am
Mon October 14, 2013

City Of Eugene To Host Meetings Addressing Budget Problems

The City of Eugene is facing a multi-million dollar gap in its budget, so it's asking residents' help to shape a solution. A series of community meetings starting this week are being held at local high schools to discuss the situation.

Last year, Eugene voters defeated a City service fee. To balance the budget, funds were transferred from its Reserve account. But, that fix was only supposed to fill the gap for one year. City Councilor Claire Syrett says if they are not able to find some new solutions, they might be back in the same position as last year.

Syrett- "Which is looking at reducing City services, potentially closing a pool, and libraries and those types of things. So while I can't say what's going to happen down the road, absent some new strategies, those types of things would still be potentially on the list."

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett
Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett
Credit Photo Courtesy of The City of Eugene

Syrett says they are starting the conversation early in hopes of finding an answer by the spring, when the next budget is approved. Over the past four years, the City has decreased its expenses by 24 million and eliminated 100 positions.

The first meeting is Tuesday,  October 15, in South Eugene High School at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, October 15                  South Eugene High School

Wednesday, October 23           Sheldon High School

Thursday, October 24              North Eugene High School

Tuesday, October 29                Willamette High School

Wednesday, October 30          Churchill High School

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