Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, June 24, 1980, Page 9, Image 8

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    University searches for new budaet sources
By RANDY MALAT
For the Emerald
A potential $720,000 cut in an already
tight University budget threatens to
erode the quality of academic programs
and the already under-budgeted library,
says Ray Hawk, University vice president
for administration and finance.
After learning of a projected
$65-million shortfall in state revenues,
Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh last month or
dered all state agencies to cut spending
by 2 percent during the next fiscal year
beginning July 1.
Under the governor’s directive, the
University must absorb a loss of
$720,000 previously earmarked for the
1980-81 academic year.
"We will be very hard-pressed to sus
tain services at the level and quality of
the current or the preceeding year,’’
Hawk says. "We have virtually no flex
ibility with budgeting.”
State allocations in recent years have
failed to keep up with the inflation that
has hit the University library budget
particularly hard Soaring prices for ma
terials. coupled with a deflated dollar in
foreign currency exchanges, have
stretched the libary budget to the point
where it can no longer afford many per
iodicals and hardbacks, Hawk says.
Faced with the governor’s purse tight
ening, University administrators may
have to cut more funds from the lean
library budget to help cover faculty
salaries and other costs, he says.
But University budgeters are looking at
other sources of revenue to help alleviate
the shortfall.
"We re exploring every avenue possi
ble to avoid across-the-board cuts. Tak
ing the 2 percent from each department
is a last resort," Hawk says
Tuition money is one possible re
source. Enrollment may be up in the fall,
and any “overrealized tuition dollars”
would be applied against the budget
decrease, he says.
Gift grants are another alternate
revenue source. As part of a stepped-up
summer fundraising campaign, outgoing
University Pres. William Boyd recently
toured the state in an effort to raise
financial support for the underfunded
University.
Hawk says he also is optimistic about
securing between $200,000 and
$300,000 in contract funds with federal
agencies, a third source of additional
revenue.
The predicted $65-million state deficit
results from the combination of a shrun
ken state income tax base and the loss of
millions of dollars normally accrued from
federal revenue-sharing programs. Con
gress is expected to approve Pres.
Jimmy Carter’s proposal to end this out
lay to the states in the fall
Hawk says an employment increase in
Oregon during the coming fiscal year —
particularly in the depressed homebuild
ing and timber industries — could help
shore up the eroded state income tax
base
He calls the governor’s state income
diagnosis “very cautious," and says he
hopes Oregon's economy will rebound
during the next fiscal year. A recovery
would alleviate the state deficit and en
courage the governor to reduce his
across-the-board cut, Hawk says.
Atiyeh has asked the Legislature’s
Emergency Board, which handles fiscal
issues between legislative sessions, to
limit its spending in order to retain funds
to help offset the deficit.
But the board is not bound by the
governor’s suggestion and could auth
orize aid to the University from its reser
voir of emergency funds.
New city bike paths
not ready for travel
By JEFF BAKER
Of the Emerald
Although the Eugene
Bikeway System is nearing
completion, city planners still
are trying to complete priority
projects, secure funding and
maintain existing routes.
Two major new routes are
under construction, but work on
the Willie Knickerbocker
Bridge, which spans the Wil
lamette River, remains at a
standstill.
Construction was stopped on
the bridge for almost a year
while access ramps were com
pleted on the north side of the
river. The ramps now are com
pleted, but Knickerbocker leads
nowhere because connecting
paths on the river's south bank
haven’t been built.
Plans for a path connecting
the bridge to Franklin Boulevard
exist, but a dispute between city
officials and the Southern
Pacific Railroad over a right of
way has stalled construction.
The path must pass under the
railroad’s tracks.
“There are many hoops to
jump through concerning
liability and right of way that we
haven’t jumped through yet,”
says Eugene bicycle coordina
tor Diane Bishop. “City and
state funds are available, but
nothing can be done until we
work out these problems with
the railroad."
Construction also has begun
on a path that will connect the
Willamette River loop with River
Road. The work, which is being
funded by the state, Lane
County and the the City of
Eugene, began last week and
should be completed by the end
of the summer, says Charles
Nordgaard, Eugene bicycle
coordinator.
A second route to be com
pleted this summer will connect
24th Avenue between Agate
Street and the Amazon Park
way. The project will go before
the Eugene City Council for final
approval on June 24.
“Area residents favor it (the
bike route) so approval should
not be a problem," Nordgaard
says.
The street is heavily traveled
by bicyclists, and it will be
widening on both sides to allow
parking inside the striped bike
lane.
Other summer projects in
clude an on-street route on
Monroe Street between First
and 13th Avenues and widening
Seneca Avenue. Funding is
available for a route mainten
ance person who would ride the
paths on a bicycle, "keeping
them neat and clean,”
Nordgaard says.
Out of the 150 miles proposed
in Eugene s master bike plan, 60
have been completed. “Our ul
timate goal is to give everyone in
the Eugene urban area access
to downtown," Nordgaard says.
“The master plan is going
forward. We're fortunate that in
Eugene citizens are receptive to
the idea of bike routes.”
The Eugene Bicycle Comittee
is responsible for making policy
decisions and serving as a
“buffer zone” between the City
Council and the city planning
staff, Bishop says.
The committee is comprised
of six city staff members and six
citizens, all appointed by the
mayor. The committee also up
dates the bikeway master plan
and promotes safe biking
habits.
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