Welcome to eugenecares.org!
Eugene Cares is a broad-based coalition of citizens, local businesses and community groups. We care about our city and we are banding together to defend the programs, places and people that make Eugene a wonderful place to live. We believe that passing Measure 20-211—the proposed Eugene City Services Fee— is essential to the conscience and vitality of our community. That vitality keeps many of our local residents here at home and continues to draw in others from across the country.
In these hard economic times, our community has made difficult but necessary sacrifices, tightening its fiscal belt by $25 million, with a loss of 100 jobs. Eugene has faced tough times and made tough choices to keep our fiscal house in order. The Eugene City Fee is a last resort—not first. The $10 per month collected from each household safeguards basic homeless and mental health services, preserves essential fire department and public safety functions, and retains institutions that attract growth in our community.
Funds collected from the proposed fee are exclusively allocated to institutions and services that protect our most vulnerable, benefit Eugene's working families and promote the general welfare of our residents. Its passage prevents staff reductions in the police and fire departments, the elimination of Bethel and Sheldon library branches, the laying off public parks employees, the closure of Sheldon Pool and the removal of critical mental health services. In line with our commitment to protect working families, the measure includes special provisions for exempting low-income households.
On May 21, we will determine whether Eugene continues to care for its most vulnerable citizens. We will save or kill Bethel and Sheldon branch libraries. We will either maintain or reduce our force of first responders at Whiteaker Fire Station. We will vote to shore up some dollars or shutter Sheldon Pool.
Thank you for stepping up to help our community. We look forward to speaking with you, and please contact us with any questions or concerns you have regarding this measure.