What do I get for my money?

Watch the July 20 City Council Work Session. Eugene Police Chief Skinner gives a presentation and the Council has a discussion about public safety funding and how to most effectively bring a broad array of perspectives and priorities into our discussions of structural change.

Faster, More Efficient Response

  • More 911 dispatchers and officers to respond to calls
  • A 911 field medical triage using smaller Community Response Units to respond to situations that aren’t life-threatening
  • More Community Service Officers (CSOs) that provide public safety support and assist with non-emergency calls, freeing patrol officers’ time for proactive, community policing

Deter Crime – Connect People to Services – Engage Kids Early

  • A 10-person Street Crimes Unit to proactively deter crimes
  • Increased officer presence in neighborhoods allowing more time for problem-solving and traffic patrols
  • Homeless services that help people stabilize and improve their lives by increasing collaboration with social service and medical organizations
  • Expanded youth programs to engage and help at-risk youth, including after-school programs, 15th Night and inclusion programs

More Investigations – More Court Services – More Accountability

  • More detectives to investigate more crimes
  • Opening and staffing a third court room to reduce the backlog of cases, resolve cases more quickly, and the needed prosecutors, court appointed attorneys and court staff
  • More jail beds and probation officers to reduce capacity-based releases and hold those who commit crimes accountable

Allocation of Funds:

  • 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 shelter options, 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 additional staffing, expanding Community Court and mental health court programs, and adding 10 jail beds and increased jail services.

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1. Why do the City’s community safety services need more funding?
2. How did the Council decide on a payroll tax?
3. What is a payroll tax?
4. How will the City be held accountable with money earned from the payroll tax?
5. Who will be on the community review panel?
6. Will public employees have to pay the payroll tax?
7. What do I get for my money?
8. Why isn’t money from the marijuana tax, or other taxes, being used instead of a payroll tax?
9. How is it legal that I can be taxed for local services if I don't live in Eugene and don't have representation there? (i.e., no taxation without representation)