Community Safety System Long-term Funding

While the City Council approved one-time, 18-month bridge funding to support Community Safety, the total needed for longer-term system stability is approximately $23.6 million per year, which includes the $8.6 million bridge.

Revenue Team Recommends Payroll Tax

A Community Safety Revenue Team was formed to develop a funding recommendation for the City Manager. The team was responsible for identifying, evaluating and developing revenue funding strategies to support the needs of the Community Safety System. The Revenue Team recommended implementing a payroll tax to provide funding to support $23.6 million in community safety services on an annual basis.

  1. Payroll Tax Ordinance
  2. Message from City Manager
  3. Revenue Team Members

City Council Passes Community Safety Payroll Tax Ordinance

At their June 10 work session, the Eugene City Council passed the community safety payroll tax ordinance that will provide on-going, sustainable funding for city-wide public safety efforts.

Proposed Monthly Cost to Minimum Wage Employees

Tax Rate$12/hr*

* As of July 1, 2020, the minimum wage in Eugene will be $12 per hour.

Proposed Monthly Cost to Employees Earning $12.01-$15/hour

Tax Rate$13/hr$14/hr$15/hr

Proposed Monthly Cost to Employees at Various Hourly Wages Above $15/hour

Tax Rate$16/hr$20/hr$24/hr$28/hr$32/hr$36/hr$40/hr

(see information for employees earning up to $30/hour)

Proposed Monthly Cost to Employers (2 or Less Employees) with Annual Gross Payroll of $100,000

Tax Rate$100,000**

**An employer with two employees or less would receive a reduced rate of .0015 on the first $100,000 of payroll. 

Proposed Monthly Cost to Employers (More than 2 Employees) with Annual Gross Payroll of $500,000

Tax Rate$500,000

Read frequently asked questions about the proposed community safety payroll tax

Funding Highlights

  • Approximately 65% of the funding will go toward police services including: 40 patrol officers, 5 detectives, 4 sergeants, 10 community service officers, 9.5 staff for 911, animal welfare and traffic safety officers, and evidence control and forensic analysts.
  • Approximately 10% will go to fire and emergency medical services including the creation of a 911 triage program and field triage/community response unit.
  • Approximately 10% will go toward prevention and homelessness services including adding emergency shelters, a day center and funding after school programs at Title 1 schools.
  • Approximately 15% will go to Municipal Court services including opening third courtroom with staffing, expanding community court and mental health court programs and adding 10 jail beds and increased jail services.

How the Funds Will Be Spent

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