Special election decides fate of fee for city services

Special election decides fate of fee for city services »Play Video

EUGENE, Ore. -- A special election is just over a month away, and one of the things decided by Eugene residents on the May ballot will be a city income tax.

Measure 20-211 would have residents pay $10 a month to help fund city services, like fire stations, libraries, community pools and other outreach programs.

On Saturday, volunteers from the Eugene Cares Campaign canvassed south Eugene to convince residents to vote yes on 20-211.

Campaign manager Chris Wig calls the measure a modest fee of up to $10 per month for residential homes and $30 per month for businesses. The city says the money will be allocated to vital city services that help the whole community.

“If you vote no on the city services fee, you're not saying no to the city,” Wig said. “You're saying no to kids who want to read books at the library and seniors who want to swim at the Sheldon pool.”

Eugene Cares volunteers started hitting the streets of Eugene with clipboards in tow... asking voters how they feel about the measure.

Volunteer Steven Coastworth says canvassing is the way to win a campaign.

“Letting people know what’s at stake so they can make an educated decision,” said Coastworth. “I think that most people, when they find out what's at stake and what this fee is specifically allocated for, have a really hard time voting against it." 

Wig said a campaign formed in opposition of the city services fee says they're concerned the money won't be spent honestly.

The issue will be decided in the special election held on May 21st