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<br />- <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />- <br /> <br />that all of the room tax allocation be devoted to the Hult Center shortfall <br />and that the City eliminate its contributions of $37,500 to the cultural and <br />recreational activities and the $68,000 to the five major performing arts <br />groups. She stated that she preferred to maintain the cultural and leisure <br />portion of the room tax due to the importance of those activities to the <br />community. She did not feel that shifting the room tax allocations away <br />from the major groups on an incremental basis as the endowments increased <br />meant that the City was shirking its responsibility to those groups; rather, <br />that the responsibility could be addressed through a residency program. <br />Mr. Obie stated that the task force had studied financial statements from the <br />performing groups and felt that a dramatic shift in financing would have a <br />crippling effect on the groups. He stated that any transition should occur on <br />a systematic and planned basis. Ms. Wooten added that the task force hoped <br />that the Eugene Arts Foundation would assume a larger portion of the alloca- <br />tions to the performing groups and maintain its ongoing commitments to the <br />groups. <br /> <br />C. Item 3: Residency Status <br /> <br />Councilor Obie stated that this recommendation would impact both the Hult Center <br />and the performing arts groups and must be resolved. <br /> <br />D. Item 4: EAF Contribution <br /> <br />Councilor Wooten stated that the task force had realized that the City could <br />not rely on the $125,000 contribution from the EAF for operating expenses. <br />She hoped that the EAF would continue its capital-side support to the center <br />and the arts groups. She said she was hesitant to take the $477,000 from the <br />General Funds. Referring to a discussion with the City Manager, she believed <br />that these funds would not be taken from any operating or online program. <br />Mr. Hansen said the task force was not recommending from where the funds would <br />be taken, stating that the issue will be addressed by the Budget Committee and <br />the City Council. Ms. Wooten stated that the task force was assuming that <br />other recommendations of the Grant study would be incorporated to make the <br />center more accessible to the residents of Eugene. <br /> <br />E. Item 5: Proposed Tax Package <br /> <br />Councilor Obie stressed that the proposed tax package would attempt to address <br />all the City's financial problems. He said this program followed the line of <br />thinking from the Grant study. Ms. Wooten stated that the task force realized <br />it was impossible to deal with the Hult Center shortfall on its own. Due to <br />the expiration of the Eugene Plan in the near future, she stated that the <br />council wished to maintain a particular level of services to the city without <br />placing a greater burden on the property owners. She said the objective was <br />to develop a tax package so that the Hult Center shortfall could be accommo- <br />dated in the regular operational City budget. Without a new income stream, <br />some programs would have to be cut. Mr. Hansen commented that the issue was <br />not as clearly discussed as others. He felt that the task force would be <br />reconvened to study the overall funding of the Hult Center if the new tax <br />package were not developed. He added that other revenue opportunities did <br />exist and that any new revenue source would not be used solely to address <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />April 2, 1984 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />