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Eugene City Council Approves New Payroll Tax

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Monday night, the Eugene City Council voted 6-2 to approve a new payroll tax.

The tax on employees and employers will pay for the expansion of public safety in Eugene. It’s expected to bring in $23.6 million to the city’s community safety fund. Over half of that would go to the police department.

Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner told KLCC last week the funding for public safety has not kept up with the community's needs.

SKINNER: "I do believe we're at kind of a tipping point between whether we can turn some of this livability types of issues around and create a more livable community."

Those who make minimum wage will not have to pay.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. 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. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.