A City Council advisory committee thinks Eugene should establish a new payroll tax to raise $22.8 million to help pay for police, fire and other services.
The proposed tax would phase in over 6 years, to be paid by employers and employees.
The idea traces its origins to last fall, when Councilors signed off on $9 million for the Eugene Police to hire 10 more officers to improve response times to calls for service.
Now comes the next step.
"How do we build a system with stable funding into the future," Chief Chris Skinner said, "and what does that look like?"
No final decisions have been made.
But a proposal from an advisory committee established by the City calls for a new payroll tax to help pay for police, fire, medics, municipal court, homeless services, at-risk youth services and jail beds.