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Eugene City Officials Prepare To Grapple With Budget Gap

Peter Boothe

The City of Eugene's budget for the coming fiscal year shows a $1 million gap.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, officials are hoping to tackle it without cutting services. 

Technically, it’s a $3-million budget gap between fiscal year 2018 through 2020.  That’s a bigger gap than what was originally projected last year.

Twyla Miller is the Acting Budget and Analysis Manager for the city. She explains what’s affected earlier estimates.

“Revenues are growing more slowly than we had predicted. Property tax revenues are lower than previously forecast, which is offset somewhat by increases in other revenue sources, such as the new local marijuana tax revenue and ground emergency medical transport…and our expenditures are increasing due to slightly higher PERS rates than we previously forecast," Miller says.

"And there’s the addition of several ongoing services, some by the budget committee last spring, and a few that the city manager will detail in his budget presentation on Wednesday.” 

Miller says what’s used to offset the budget gap this coming year won’t necessarily be the standard for the following two years. 

City manager Jon Ruiz will share his proposed budget at 5:30 Wednesday evening.  A budget committee meeting a week later will invite public comment.

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC
Jon Ruiz, the City of Eugene's Manager.

The current FY2018 budget proposalcan be found online at the City of Eugene's official website. 

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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