City Council explores new Oregon payroll tax to pay for more police, fire, medics

  • Source: KVAL-TV CBS 13
  • Published: 02/14/2019 12:00 AM

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.


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