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<br /> M I NUT E S <br /> e Eugene City Council Dinner/Work Session <br /> Bon Sai Restaurant <br /> September 22, 1986 <br /> 5:30 p.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Debra Ehrman, Emily Schue, Ruth Bascom, Roger <br /> Rutan, Jeff Miller. <br /> COUNCILORS ABSENT: Cynthia Wooten, Richard Hansen, Freeman Holmer. <br /> City Council Vice President Debra Ehrman called the meeting to order in the <br /> absence of Mayor Brian B. Obie and County President Richard Hansen. <br /> 1. STATE BALLOT MEASURES <br /> City Manager Micheal Gleason introduced Tony Mounts of the Finance Division. <br /> Mr. Mounts said 22 measures will be on the November ballot. Sixteen of them <br /> are State measures, four are Lane County measures, and two are City of Eugene <br /> measures. The City of Eugene measures concern the West Eugene Parkway and a <br /> nuclear-free zone. He said five of the State measures would have significant <br /> financial impacts on the services the City provides. He introduced Kathy <br /> Field of the Finance Division who discussed the five measures. <br /> A. Ballot Measure 7--Constitutional 5 Percent Sales Tax <br /> -- Ms. Field said Measure 7 would impose a five percent sales tax. The measure is <br /> sponsored by the Oregon Education Association (OEA). The measure would be <br /> effective no later than January 1, 1988. It has a special funding provision <br /> for basic school support and community colleges. It would retain the present <br /> tax base system for property taxes. <br /> Ms. Field said Measure 7 has a 1.5 percent property tax limitation for owner- <br /> occupied, principle housing only. It is a constitutional amendment and does <br /> not provide for voters to override the 1.5 percent property tax limitation. <br /> Consequently, the constitution would have to be amended to change the property <br /> tax limitation. She said the sales tax would be on tangible goods only and <br /> some specific things, such as food and prescription drugs, would be exempted. <br /> The measure would prohibit local sales taxes. It provides a rebate for people <br /> with low incomes and would continue the existing Homeowner And Renter Relief <br /> Program (HARRP). <br /> Ms. Field said approval of the measure would have a long-term effect on Eugene <br /> because the city would reach the 1.5 percent property tax limitation in three <br /> to five years. The time it would take to reach the limitation would depend on <br /> actions of other jurisdictions such as the school district and Lane County. <br /> She said revenue from the Urban Renewal District would be decreased about 27 <br /> percent if Measure 7 passes because the property tax rate would be decreased. <br /> e MINUTES--Eugene City Council Dinner/Work Session September 22, 1986 Page 1 <br />
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