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<br />M I NUT E S <br /> <br />- <br /> <br />Eugene City Council Work Session <br />McNutt Room <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />April 26, 1984 <br />5:30 p.m. <br /> <br />PRESENT: Mayor Gus Keller, Brian Obie, Emily Schue, John Ball, Richard <br />Hansen, Freeman Holmer, Cynthia Wooten, Betty Smith (5:55-7:40), <br />councilors; Mike Gleason, City Manager; Dave Whitlow, Assistant City <br />Manager; Gary Long, Director of Administrative Services Department; <br />Warren Wong, Finance Director; Pat Lynch, Council Administrator; Bob <br />Deis, Marilynne Musso, Carol Calkins, Finance Department; Susy <br />Wagner, Risk Management Manager. <br /> <br />Mr. Keller called the meeting to order. <br /> <br />I. STATUS OF SPRINGFIELD'S REVENUE TAX PROPOSALS <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />Mr. Long reported that the Springfield City Council was still considering the <br />possibility of putting a gas tax measure on the ballot in June. If the <br />measure was put on the ballot in Springfield, it would be contingent upon <br />passage of a similar measure in Eugene. The tax would be three cents a <br />gallon, and it would be levied against wholesalers. It would be a business <br />occupation tax. May 23 is the last day such a measure could be put on the <br />June ballot. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />Councilors and staff discussed the gas tax for some time. It could be put on <br />the ballot so that the City councils of Eugene and Springfield could each <br />decide whether to levy the tax if it passed. More people would be voting in <br />November than in June; consequently, if the City wanted public involvement, it <br />might be better to have the measure on the November ballot. It was important <br />to indicate to the Springfield City Council where the Eugene City Council <br />stood on the matter. Eugene could indicate it would put a measure on the <br />ballot if the measure had previously won in Springfield, or Eugene could <br />indicate it will put the measure on the ballot when Springfield does, or <br />Eugene could indicate it is not at all interested in the matter. It is <br />important for Eugene to know what it would accomplish with a gasoline tax. <br />The Eugene tax should be similar to the Springfield tax if they are levied. <br /> <br />- <br /> <br />The current State Gas Tax generates $1.4 million annually, and current expenses <br />for road/street operations and maintenance are about $5 million annually. <br />Grants provide most of the money used for street development. <br /> <br />Councilors discussed how gas tax revenues might be used and their effect on <br />the general fund. For example, it could be used to finish the Chambers <br />overpass, do design work on the Ferry Street Bridge, or maintain the city <br />streets. Some councilors thought there had been an agreement to ask the <br />voters for additional sources of revenue if the Hult Center deficit affected <br /> <br />- <br /> <br />MINUTES--Council Revenue Work Session <br /> <br />April 26, 1984 <br /> <br />Page 1 <br />
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