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<br /> M I NUT E S <br />e Eugene City Council <br /> Dinner/Work Session <br /> Eugene Community Conference Center, Seeger Room <br /> September 15, 1986 <br /> 6 p.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Richard Hansen, Debra Ehrman, Emily Schue, <br /> Cynthia Wooten, Ruth Bascom, Jeff Miller. <br /> COUNCILORS ABSENT: Freeman Holmer, Roger Rutan. <br /> BUDGET COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Arden Munkres, Kim Short, Gary Pape, <br /> Shawn Boles. <br /> The adjourned meeting of September 10, 1986, of the City Council of the City <br /> of Eugene, Oregon, was called to order by City Council President Richard <br /> Hansen. His Honor Mayor Brian B. Obie arrived during the meeting and presided <br /> then. <br /> I. FINANCING OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS <br /> A. Introduction <br />e City Manager Micheal Gleason said Finance Director Warren Wong would discuss <br /> the annual Six-Year Financial Forecasts for Eugene. Mr. Gleason said the <br /> forecasts include many variables because the City's budget and revenues change <br /> constantly. <br /> Mr. Gleason said the City's costs have increased annually about 1.5 percent <br /> more than its revenues for the last five years. The increase in costs is <br /> caused by an increase in population because of annexations, inflation, and <br /> demand for services. He said the demand for services is caused partly by the <br /> city's size. For example, a small town is not expected to have a bomb squad, <br /> but Eugene must have one. He said the City has increased productivity, made <br /> small cuts in expenses, reorganized, and eliminated some operations to absorb <br /> about three-quarters of the annual increase in costs. Consequently, the <br /> deficit caused by the increase in costs has been only about $400,000 a year. <br /> Last year, however, the City lost about $3 million when the Federal Revenue <br /> Sharing program was discontinued and the Budget Committee and City Council <br /> increased the budget appropriation for the Police, Fire and Emergency Services <br /> Department. <br /> Mr. Gleason said budgets are balanced by increasing revenues, decreasing <br /> costs, or changing programs. He said about 40 percent of Eugene's General <br /> Fund is spent on the Po 1 ice, Fire and Emergency Services Department. <br /> Discussing wages, he said the Ci ty has wanted to keep wage increases to 3 <br />e MINUTES--Eugene City Council September 15, 1986 Page 1 <br />