minhead.gif (11357 bytes)approved Approved 10/6/99

August 11, 1999


Harris Hall Main Floor - 1:30 p.m.

Commissioner Bobby Green, Sr., presided with Commissioners Bill Dwyer, Anna Morrison, Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. County Administrator Bill Van Vactor, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.




a. SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 6-99 Amending Chapter 4 of Lane Code to Add Provisions for a Lane County Personal Income Tax Surcharge and a Lane County Corporate Excise Tax Surcharge, to Dedicate the Revenue for Safer Communities, to Adopt Administration and Collection Provisions, and to Set an Effective Date.

Terry Wilson, County Counsel, reminded the Board that previously they heard the first reading of the ordinance and there was a discussion of the details. She stated it is the ordinance that implements the charter amendment that the Commissioners placed on the ballot last week, and the ballot measure will be voted on November 2. She added the ordinance is set up so it does not take effect unless the voters approve the ballot measure. She noted if the voters do approve the measure, this would provide for income beginning January 1, 2000 with an 8% surcharge on their state personal income tax. She noted the revenue that will come from this will be used for the safer communities programs as described in the charter. She said it would be divided 55% for countywide programs and 45% for the revenue sharing for each of the cities and Lane County, for the unincorporated areas. She added the amount of the surcharge could never exceed 8% and it specifies how the revenue can be used. She said after expenses, it can be used for community safety programs and activities for youth and adults, including crime prevention, child abuse prevention, police and law enforcement services, prosecution, adjudication, parole and probation, treatment and training services, corrections and custody. She noted the first $8.2 million is to be used for capital projects consistent with the purposes. She reported the last provision in the charter amendment is a sunset, and that will go away after December 31, 2006, unless the voters approve a renewal or extension, or unless the legislature adopts a measure that has the effect of pre-emption. She explained that the charter amendment sets an upper limit and the ordinance sets the rate that is being charged. She added in the ordinance there is a process for review of the outcomes of the programs, to make sure that everyone is reassured that the money was being spent wisely. She noted that there will be a process where every two years the PSCC will evaluate the outcomes that had occurred, based on what the plans proposed they would achieve as outcomes. She added after year five, there will be an independent review of how the program has worked.

Green asked what could be added to ensure that a future Board could not use the dollars to back fill general fund operations.

Van Vactor recollected that the general operations could not be backfilled, money could only be used for purposes in the charter amendment. He said the charter amendment does allow purposes such as, public safety, or corrections. He noted if revenue was lost elsewhere, a plan would be presented to the PSCC explaining how the revenue is needed.

Wilson added the charter does not allow to use this revenue to fund assessment and taxation, it can only be used for the purposes described. She added it would go through public review at the PSCC and the budget committee. She said citizens can attend all the meetings and if they don’t like what is proposed, they could have the right to say so. She noted the Board said it will not solve all the public needs that exist, and the County is still facing serious financial problems in 2004, if the federal timber revenue goes away, and this is not a solution to that problem.

Commissioner Green opened up the Public Hearing. There being no one signed up to speak, he closed the Public Hearing.

MOTION: to approve Ordinance No. 6-99.

Dwyer MOVED, Sorenson SECONDED.

Dwyer stated it was a pleasure to support this revenue effort because it is the first time (in terms of progressivity) where counties have gone away from traditional property taxes. He said this measure has been put together fairly and collectively to build a safer community.

Sorenson said it is an opportunity to provide cost efficient public services and addressing public problems in a fair fashion.

Green noted as a Board, they are putting forth the recommendation by the PSCC for the City of Eugene, Springfield, and all of the outlying rural cities.



a. ORDER 99-8-11-9 Appointing a Committee to Write the Explanatory Statement for the Lane County Safer Communities Tax Surcharge Charter Amendment.

Wilson noted through the work of Myra Wall, PSCC, the recommendation is to appoint Kay King of Florence; Ken Tollenaar of Eugene; and Gretchen Pierce of Eugene, as the committee to write an impartial explanatory statement for the measure.

MOTION: to approve ORDER 99-8-11-9.

Dwyer MOVED, Morrison SECONDED.

Sorenson asked if the meeting would be open to the public.

Wilson stated that she didn’t believe this committee was a public body under the public meetings law. She noted the committee is not making a recommendation to the Board, their action is to write a statement and turn it into the County Clerk.

Dwyer stated at the state level he had been on explanatory committees and they are public. He said he would encourage people to attend the meeting.

Wilson commented that she didn’t anticipate that these individuals wouldn’t let other people sit in on the meeting. She noted they had a meeting scheduled for August 12 at 10:00 a.m. in the County Administrator Conference Room.

VOTE: 5-0.

There being no further business, Commissioner Green adjourned the meeting at 2:13 p.m.

Melissa Zimmer, Recording Secretary

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