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<br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />- <br /> <br />said it would still be appropriate to have an understanding of the impact of <br />having a sales tax or not. <br /> <br />Mr. Obie said he preferred that any message sent address the economic problems <br />created by the present tax system and that some action be taken to alleviate the <br />problem. Ms. Schue agreed that something must be done. She said the impact of <br />the financial difficulties affects the entire community and that pressure should <br />be placed on the State leaders to resolve the situation. Ms. Wooten agreed that <br />the message should not be limited to the issue of the sales tax, but should <br />include the full range of the economic dilemma in which the City finds itself. <br />In terms of the Supreme Court decision, she said many attorneys have judged that <br />the sales tax proposal is unconstitutional and she was disappointed that the <br />League of Oregon Cities did not test the constitutionality sooner. Mr. Ball <br />commented that the legislative disorganization reflects the lack of consensus on <br />Oregon's tax structure and that the relocation of businesses is an issue of much <br />debate. He felt the argument is broader than just the relative tax advantages <br />of the different jurisdictions. He said the council should focus on the financial <br />future of the community. Mr. Holmer agreed that the issue is important and is a <br />challenge to the Legislature. He said it might be possible to have the pro-sales <br />tax coalition support an initiative measure. Based on the concerns stated, <br />Mr. Obie suggested that staff prepare a memorandum addressing those concerns for <br />council consideration next week to be forwarded to the leadership of the State. <br />Mayor Keller added that the information should also be addressed to the League <br />of Oregon Cities. Mr. Gleason said LaC had considered an initiative drive <br />but it stalled because the Legislature was apparently moving toward agreement. <br />He said the major cities might motivate LaC. Ms. Schue agreed with Mr. Holmer's <br />ideas, stating that someone must act to redo the financing system. She suggested <br />that the City might start with its leadership position within LaC. She said <br />the Oregon Education Association would be an important part of the process. Ms. <br />Wooten said she would like to have a letter for council consideration, but she <br />did not want to go on record at this time to have LaC initiate a petition. <br />Mayor Keller said his intent was to keep LaC informed. <br /> <br />Mr. Gleason said staff will develop a memorandum for council consideration. <br />Mayor Keller said the sales tax issue is a major concern to local jurisdictions <br />and should remain a high priority. Mr. Gleason commented that the City has been <br />stalled on the topic for three years due to the Legislature. He said the frustra- <br />tion level at the organizational level is high. He stated that the council has <br />the legal capacity to create any type of system to redistribute the tax burden. <br /> <br />D. Aging Commission <br /> <br />Councilor Ball stated that the council had received a letter from the Aging <br />Commission dealing with problems in the hiring of senior citizens. He asked if <br />any follow-up has been performed. <br /> <br />E. Response to Previous Item <br /> <br />In response to Ms. Wooten's earlier comment on the representation of annexed <br />areas, Councilor Holmer stated that he has been attempting to provide service to <br />those annexed properties contiguous to Ward 5. He said he was informed by Karen <br />Goldman that no official representation is possible until the ward boundaries <br />are changed by ordinance. <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />February 8, 1984 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />