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Eugene City Council Refers Competing Auditor Proposal To May Ballot

Jes Burns

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 2 Monday to refer a city auditor proposal to the May 15th ballot. Now, voters will have two competing measures to choose from.

The city-referred measure was drafted in reaction to an auditor proposal created by a group called ElectedAuditor4CityAccountability. Councilor Chris Pryor voted for the measure at Monday’s meeting, even though he said he’d have liked a different process.

Pryor: “I think having the additional aspects of performance auditing as a way of providing information and helping to improve I think is a valuable thing to do but I wouldn’t have done it this way.”

The city-referred proposal would create a performance auditor position that is appointed and overseen by council. It was initially presented by a group called Citizens for Sensible Oversight.

The other measure, 20-283, would establish an independent, elected city auditor. Its supporters say the competing measure is a cynical attempt to confuse voters and prevent the creation of any city auditor. 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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