Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 20, 1980, Page 6, Image 6

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City seeks tax base approval
Of the Emerald
The City of Eugene has fol
lowed a basically conservative
course in setting its budget and
tax base for the 1980-81 fiscal
On Tuesday, Eugene voters
will be asked to approve a
$21.25-million tax base, Mea
sure 52 on the ballot, which is
well above the city’s needs for
the upcoming fiscal year. But a
charter amendment, Measure
51, would limit the amount the
city can levy without voter ap
proval to $14 million in 1980-81,
$16.5 million in 1981-82 and $19
million in 1982-83.
Unless voters give specific
permission, the city will not be
able to use the entire tax base
until 1983-84.
The city has gone as far as to
separate the "needs” from the
“extras,” presenting a budget
plan that allows property
owners to receive a tax break on
The tax break has become a
common inducement for local
governments seeking tax base
and budget approval. Ballot
Measure 5 would continue the
1979 Legislature’s property tax
relief plan. The state would pay
30 percent of a homeowner's
tax base assessment. For a de
tailed explanation of the mea
sure, consult the Emerald,
Thursday, May 15, or the state
voter’s guide.
If the “Eugene Plan" is ap
proved, the entire amount of
property taxes the city levies will
be eligible for the tax relief plan.
If the plan is turned down, only a
portion of the city’s operating
levy for the next fiscal year will
qualify under the Legislative
City administrators also say
the Eugene Plan would give the
city some financial security
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through 1983 by guaranteeing
enough money to continue ba
sic services and giving the
voters an option on the extras.
The city, to continue operat
ing with minimal services, needs
to rely on voter approval of the
tax base, says City Manager
Charles Henry. “We sincerely
hope that voters will see the
value of approving the tax base.
It would be in their best interest
to approve the base since they
would be eligible for tax relief
(under the state program)."
If Measure 52 — the tax base
— is approved, it will be the
city's first new tax base since
1962. The current base has
needed voter approval for
additional funds every year
since 1968.
The charter amendment —
Measure 51 — would limit the
amount of the new tax base the
city could spend each year. The
measure would only be enacted
if voters approve the tax base.
The charter amendment
would also require that the
16-member budget committee
approve by at least a two-thirds
vote services funded within the
tax limits.
Inflation has reached a point
where even $14 million, the
1980-81 limitation, will be in
adequate to completely fund
city services, Henry says. And
the non-tax revenues available
are not increasing enough to
cover the gap.
To offset the lack of funding,
the city has placed a second
measure on the June 24 ballot
that would provide an additional
$1.4 million in property taxes to
restore services to the present
level and make a few additions.
Under the state’s complicated
tax relief plan, only taxes levied
within a tax base qualify for the
30-percent relief. If voters ap
prove the $21.25 million tax
base, and the additional taxes
June 24, the state's program will
be applied.
However, if voters reject the
tax base, only the levy — not the
additional taxes — will qualify.
Election laws have compelled
Eugene to place the levy, as well
as the additional levy, on the
June 24 ballot Jby the May 20
deadline. If voters approve the
tax base, the levy will be with
If the tax base is approved,
voters will pay $5.64 per $1,000
of assessed value for city oper
ations. An owner of a $55,000
home would pay $310.20 for city
However, only $217.14 would
be paid by the homeowner, with
the state paying the rest.
Approval of the additional
taxes June 24 would add ap
proximately $30 to that bill, but if
the tax base is approved, the
taxpayer would pay only about
$21 of that tax bill.
The core budget for the
1980-81 fiscal year proposes
few cuts in basic services, with
most of the cuts coming in less
visible areas, Henry says. Fin
ance, data processing, park
maintenance and public works
are all slated for cuts.
Approval of the tax base
would allow the city to keep its
pool program operating year
round. Library services will be
reduced unless voters approve
the additional funding and the
tax base on June 24.
Under the core tax base
proposal, Sunday library clo
sures would continue, tele
phone reference services would
be reduced, and less money
would be available for book
purchases. The programs could
be restored with the June 24
funding additions.
“The budget contains the
necessities and needs, not the
wants. Overall, it’s a frugal bud
get,” Henry says.
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