Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 21, 1980, Section A, Page 9, Image 9

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    City tax base clears
while county’s fails
Lane county voters over
whelmingly defeated a
proposed $5-million tax base
increase, while Eugene re
sidents narrowly favored a
$21.25-million tax base in
primary voting on Tuesday.
Eugene voters also approved
a charter amendment that will
limit the amount the city can levy
without voter approval to $14
million in 1980-81, $16.5 million
in 1981-82 and $19 million in
1982-83. In 1983 the city will be
able to use the entire tax base.
The tax base and charter
amendment, called the
"Eugene Plan” by city officials,
represented the city's separa
tion of the “needs” from the
“wants.”
Taxpayers will receive tax
breaks on both sections of the
plan under Ballot Measure 5,
which continues the 1979 Legi
slature’s property tax relief plan
indefinitely.
City Manager Charles Henry
says even the 1980-81 limitation
will be inadequate to completely
fund city services because of
inflation.
To further offset the lack of
funding, the city has placed a
measure to provide an addition
al $1.4 million on the June 24
ballot which would both restore
services to the present level and
make a few additions.
By refusing the proposed
$5-million Lane County tax base
increase, voters are testing the
predictions of county officials,
who foresee severe cutbacks of
services that may considerably
reduce the quality of life in the
county.
Commissioner Otto t’Hooft
says elderly and low-income
people who rely on government
services will be hurt most as a
result of the defeat.
Among those services target
ed for possible reduction are
mental health, law enforcement
and judicial services. Funding
for the Glenwood Solid Waste
Disposal Site and road-related
services also were included in
the proposal.
The tax base proposal would
have meant a 100-percent in
crease in property taxes.
Paulus takes race
for state secretary
Norma Paulus swept the
Republican field in Tuesday’s
primary election for the secre
tary of state nomination.
With 100 percent of the votes
in, Paulus commanded 199,721
votes to easily outdistance op
ponent Harvey Forester.
Paulus has been secretary of
state since 1976, supervising
state elections, overseeing state
audits and holding a seat on the
state land board.
During Paulus’ current term
of office, she limited Oregon
elections to six possible dates in
a year. She said the previous
system, under which local le
gislative districts could call
elections whenever needed,
was too costly and allowed local
officials to manipulate turnouts.
Paulus also redesigned the
state voters’ pamphlet and hired
Eugene “Ungreeting Card’’
cartoonist James Cloutier to il
lustrate it with humorous draw
ings that urge voters to the
polls.
In addition, Paulus organized
a cooperative get-out-the-vote
effort with both merchants and
media.
Paulus said she has one of the
best environmental voting
records in the state, with her
efforts on the Land Board help
ing that committee accumulate
a $100-miiiion revenue surplus
from state lands management.
She said she supports the
preservation of submersible
lands along Oregon rivers, even
though the state must intercede
as lessee for those residents
who already have property
rights on those lands.
Her opponent, Harvey For
rester, 52, ran for secretary of
state to “reform administrative
policy and procedure and make
bureaucracy conform to the
Constitution as an honorable
civil servant rather than as our
oppressor and would-be mas
ter.”
Forester said he wanted to
“abolish the income tax, estab
lish real money, (and) end the
energy waste crisis.”
In the Democratic field,
John Powell won an uncontest
ed race.
While serving six years in the
state senate, Powell sponsored
legislation that allowed for voter
registration by mail.
Critical of low voter participa
tion in Oregon, Powell said he
will propose legislation allowing
a direct mail-ballot system in
Oregon.
Powell also favors legislation
curbing the campaign spending
by state candidates.
PRIMARY
PARTY
TIME
Democratic and non-par
tisan candidates, along
with supporters and spec
tators, crowded into the
Oregon Repertory Theatre
Tuesday night to stage their
own gala production.
Bright lights glared and TV
cameras rolled to capture
election night festivities.
A local band playing Irish
folk music accompanied
back-slapping and foot
stomping as beer and wine
soothed the losers and loo
sened up the winners. The
theater was the “hot spot”
primary night as political
party-goers and media
people chased candidates
and each other between
traditional election night
hangouts such as Perry’s
and the new Eugene Quali
ty Inn.
Election photos
by Keith Allen
and Steve Dykes
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