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<br /> M I NUT E S <br />- Eugene City Council <br /> City Council Chamber <br /> September 23, 1985 <br /> 7:30 p.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Cynthia Wooten, Richard Hansen, Emily Schue, Ruth Bascom, <br /> Debra Ehrman, Roger Rutan, Jeff Miller. <br /> COUNCILORS ABSENT: Freeman Holmer. <br /> The adjourned meeting from September 18, 1985, of the City Council of the City <br /> of Eugene, Oregon, was called to order by His Honor Mayor Brian B. Obie. <br /> 1. PUBLIC HEARING: RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES ADOPTING CITY PERSONAL <br /> INCOME TAX; REFERRING CHARTER AMENDMENTS TO A NOVEMBER 5, 1985, SPECIAL <br /> ELECTION, AND CALLING FOR AN ELECTION ON THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL <br /> OBLIGATION BONDS (memo; ordinances, resolutions distributed) <br /> City Manager Micheal Gleason introduced the agenda item. Finance Director <br /> Warren Wong gave the staff report. He said the council adopted the Eugene <br /> Agenda of five projects in the spring and then added the library expansion, a <br />- sWimming pool, and the replacement of Federal Revenue Sharing Funds to the <br /> Agenda when public discussion was requested. He said the City will not <br /> receive any Federal Revenue Sharing Funds after September of 1986. They have <br /> been used for the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The projects and <br /> a proposal for a personal income tax were discussed at many public meetings <br /> during the summer. The airport expansion, the library expansion, and the CIP <br /> received the most support at the meetings. <br /> Mr. Wong said the councilors decided to include the projects with the most <br /> support--the airport expansion, the library expansion, and the replacement of <br /> Federal Revenue Sharing Funds (CIP)--in a package to be funded by a personal <br /> income tax. The package could be referred to the voters on November 5, 1985. <br /> The rate of the income tax would be fixed by a charter amendment and could not <br /> be changed without voter approval. The revenue received from the income tax <br /> would be dedicated to capital projects. Mr. Wong reviewed the proposed pro- <br /> visions for an exclusion and credits for people with low incomes. He said the <br /> Oregon Department of Revenue would administer the city income tax. Employers <br /> would withhold the tax which would be paid by Eugene residents and non- <br /> residents who work in the city. Non-residents would pay the city income tax <br /> only on income earned within the city. <br /> Mr. Wong recommended that the council postpone action on the income tax ordi- <br /> nance until after the election. He recommended the council refer a charter <br /> amendment to the voters on November 5, 1985. He recommended the amendment <br />- <br /> MINUTES--Eugene City Council September 23, 1985 Page 1 <br />