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<br /> - ----- <br /> e M I NUT E S <br /> Eugene City Council <br /> Dinner/Work Session <br /> Jacobs Room, Hult Center <br /> December 19, 1988 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Cynthia Wooten, Ruth Bascom, Robert Bennett, Debra <br /> Ehrman, Freeman Holmer, Jeff Miller, Roger Rutan, <br /> Emily Schue, Cynthia Wooten. <br /> The adjourned meeting of December 14, 1988, was called to order by His Honor, <br /> Mayor Brian B. Obie. <br /> Carol Hildebrand reported that cost increases anticipated in the Future of <br /> Our Library report have been adjusted for the 75,000 square feet of finished <br /> library space being proposed in the Pankow project. She noted that an <br /> additional custodial staff person was included in the projected operating <br /> costs. Included in operating costs were costs for building operations and <br /> general operations (for example, computer maintenance and postage). A <br /> $100,000 increase in the books and library materials budget was requested to <br /> e enable the library to provide greater service. Comparisons with west coast <br /> libraries serving similar populations indicated that the percentage of the <br /> budget being allocated to materials is below average. <br /> Responding to questions from Ms. Wooten, Ms. Hildebrand said the annual <br /> operating budget is approximately $1.9 million presently and will be <br /> approximately $2 million in FY90. She added that anticipated revenue from a <br /> one percent utility tax could provide approximately $200,000 more than <br /> required by the increased library costs. <br /> Mayor Obie recalled some discussion in the Library Finance Committee about <br /> whether to dedicate all utility tax revenue to library operations, but he <br /> said the committee had not reached a conclusion. Mayor Obie asked Ms. <br /> Hildebrand to comment on what would happen if the new library building was <br /> approved but there was no increase in the operating budget. She anticipated <br /> that in a new library of the type and size being proposed, anticipated <br /> increase in use would result in longer lines, fewer copies available on the <br /> shelves, and possibly reduced operating hours if existing staff could not be <br /> extended to meet increased demand. <br /> Ms. Wooten asked members of the Library Finance Committee to comment on their <br /> reasons for not proposing alternatives to the utility tax as sources of <br /> funding increased operating costs. Ms. Ehrman pointed out that a two percent <br /> restaurant tax would bring in approximately the same revenue as the proposed <br /> one percent utility tax. An entertainment tax (on sporting events, theaters, <br /> e MINUTES--City Council December 19, 1988 Page 1 <br /> Work Session <br />