City of Eugene

Eugene voters could see a property tax levy on the November ballot to help fund library services. The City Council discussed several options at its Wednesday work session. The previous library levy was allowed to expire four years ago. The Sheldon, Bethel and downtown branches now receive about 10-million dollars a year from the city's general fund. But the needs of other departments, as well as increased benefits and payroll costs have led to cuts in library hours.

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene has coordinated a pilot project to bring high-speed fiber optic cable to three buildings downtown. Two were connected last week.

Fiber optic lines already span much of Eugene. The schools, the city, and major medical facilities have it. But a lot of other fiber is “dark.” It hasn’t been taken from its source to people who would use it. The city spent 100-thousand dollars to help light some of the dark cable, hoping to attract and retain businesses downtown. Economic Development Planner Anne Fifield says it’s not just tech companies who can benefit:

Rachael McDonald

Whole Foods is finally coming to Eugene. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday downtown.

Eugene Public Works Day Expects Record Attendance

May 19, 2015
City of Eugene Public Works website.

Eugene Public Works Day is expected to have a record turnout on Thursday. The event is geared towards students and teachers.

For nearly 30 years, Eugene Public Works Day has provided the community with the opportunity to learn more about the maintenance, repair and engineering services provided by the city.

City spokesman Eric Jones says the event allows people to have a better understanding of where their tax dollars go.

Jones: “People may not be quite so aware though that

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene is launching a new program, E-Build, that allows people to apply for building permits on-line. The goal is to make the process more convenient and save paper.

People planning commercial and residential building projects formerly had had to go to the city building permit office with piles of paperwork. With E-build, the process can be done on the computer. Laura Hammond is with the City of Eugene.

City of Eugene

For the first time in 6 years, Eugene is not looking at a budget shortfall.

The 516-million-dollar proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 maintains the city's current level of services. The Sheldon branch of the Eugene Public Library will get another year of funding.

Twyla Miller is the city's Acting Budget and Analysis Manager.

Miller: "Our revenue picture really has improved. So, we are seeing property tax revenues in particular at pre-recession growth levels. And our general fund is almost 70 percent funded by property taxes."

City of Eugene

On Earth Day, the Eugene City Council passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to implement a carbon tax to help fight climate change.

City of Eugene

The bridge that connected the old Eugene City Hall to the Lane County Building has been sent to the scrap heap. The city tried to give it away, but there were no takers.

Mike Penwell, Eugene City Hall Project Manager, says the bridge was steeper than what's allowable under Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. It was also narrower than what is standard for bike and pedestrian bridges. The city had wanted to give the bridge away.

City of Eugene

The popular trail to the summit of Spencer Butte in south Eugene will be closed Thursday. The city is building a new clearly marked trail at the rocky top of the butte.

Crews started work on the new trail last week.
Philip Richardson is with the City of Eugene's Parks and Open Space Division.

(sub)Urban Projections is a two-day digital art and media festival at the Hult Center on April 2nd and 3rd, including a free multi-media event Thursday evening in the lobby, and the world premiere of Quixotic: Gravity of Center in the Silva Concert Hall on Friday. Composer Jeremy Schropp and choreographer Brad Garner of Harmonic Laboratory speak with Eric Alan about the cutting-edge creative festival.