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<br />. <br /> <br />M I NUT E S <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />McMillan's Westside Cafe <br />720 Willamette Street <br /> <br />January 22, 1990 <br />5:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: <br /> <br />Ruth Bascom, Rob Bennett, Shawn Boles, Emily Schue, <br />Freeman Holmer, Bobby Green, Roger Rutan. <br /> <br />The regular City Council meeting of January 17, 1990, was called to order by <br />His Honor Mayor Jeff Miller. <br /> <br />Ms. Schue informed council members that she has written a letter to the State <br />Emergency Board regarding funding for in-home health care, and in the absence <br />of council opposition will send this letter. Ms. Schue recognized that this <br />is a State problem, and needs to be dealt with seriously. Mr. Holmer <br />indicated that although he appreciates the importance of this issue, he is <br />reluctant to take any action without more information. <br /> <br />Mr. Boles informed council members that the Mayor of Nagasaki, Mayor <br />Notoshima, has been shot, and said that he will send a sympathy letter to the <br />e Notoshima family. <br /> <br />Funding for the Cultural Services <br /> <br />In response to the council and art community interest, the Ad Hoc Arts <br />Funding Committee was formed. The committee met regularly during the latter <br />half of 1989 and held hearings to receive input from both the arts community <br />and hospitality industry. The views of the latter were solicited as the <br />committee soon focused on the Transient Room Tax and a possible increase <br />therein as the most likely source of additional revenue to fund the arts. <br />The committee developed a recommendation to council for an increase in <br />funding for the arts. <br /> <br />Mr. Holmer said that the Arts Funding Committee met with local art groups in <br />the community such as the Lane Regional Arts Council (LRAC) and the Center <br />for the Performing Arts in an attempt to identify the relationship which <br />exists between the City and the arts community. <br /> <br />Ms. Schue said that of all the components of this proposal, the Transient <br />Room Tax has been the central focus of discussion. It was the position of <br />the hospitality industry that any moneys generated from this tax should be <br />used to promote tourism. Ms Schue indicated that although there is no <br />dispute that some of the revenue generated from such a tax should go toward <br />promoting tourism, there is also an important cultural dimension unique to <br />Eugene which needs to be taken into account when dispersing tax moneys. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br />Dinner/Work Session <br /> <br />January 22, 1990 <br /> <br />Page 1 <br />