EUGENE, Ore. - Two former Eugene City Councilors are heading up a new political committee to fight passage of a city services fee on the May ballot.
Paul Nicholson and Bonnie Bettman McCornack head the group called "Citizens for Truth, Justice and the American Way."
They say the city fee is a bad idea.
"I don't think that we should allow the city to obtain funds through blackmail, frankly," said Nicholson. "They ought to be offering us real alternatives."
"Another council can change the mix of services," McCornack said. "Another council can shut down Sheldon Pool. This council in two years could shut down Sheldon Pool."
The fee would apply per residence and per business to generate an estimated $5 million in new revenue. The money would help plug a hole in the city's budget and save a fire crew, the Sheldon swimming pool and other services, according to the city manager's proposal.