After the June 28 public hearing, the City Council voted to adopt the FY22 Budget for the City of Eugene. State Local Budget Law requires budget adoption by the city by June 30. Budget adoption provides for the legal appropriation of funds and sets the city tax rate, which is legally required for the County to collect taxes on behalf of the City.
The City Manager’s Proposed Budget, presented to the Budget Committee in April, included a combination of budget investments and reduction strategies to balance financial needs. Budget reduction strategies include using a mix of one-time savings and ongoing reductions. Investments redirect existing funding to priority areas. These changes support opportunities to re-evaluate current service delivery, while limiting the impact to the public.
Additional investments to support City Council goals include:
- An additional $750,000 in one-time and ongoing funding for Homelessness services
- $1.4 million in one-time and ongoing investments in Downtown to maintain downtown safety and programming efforts
- $1.25 million for the Ambulance Transport fund to cover a structural gap in financing ambulance transport services as we work to stabilize the fund
- $65,000 one-time investment to support implementation of the Climate Recovery Ordinance
- $20,000 one-time investment for Bethel Neighborhood Capacity Building as first step in neighborhood planning processes anticipated in several years
- $125,000 of one-time funding for support to CAHOOTS for maintaining the additional five hours per day of service as recommended by the Budget Committee
In addition to presenting a balanced budget, the document summarizes the City’s approach to sustainably fund City Council goals, City operations and emerging community issues while also maintaining a reasonable and responsible reserve for unforeseen circumstances.
Acting as the Urban Renewal Agency Board of Directors, the City Council also approved the FY22 Budget for the Eugene Urban Renewal Agency.
The new budget went into effect on July 1, 2021. Once the document is finalized later in the summer, the adopted budget will be posted on the City’s website and the Eugene Open Budget website will be updated with the FY22 Adopted Budget and Capital Budget data. The FY22 Proposed Budget, approved Budget Committee motions and other agenda materials are available on the City’s website.
City Council also held a public hearing and adopted the third supplemental budget for FY21. The Agenda Item Summary for the FY21 June Supplemental Budget can be viewed online.