Eugene City Council approves payroll tax

The final vote was 6-2 to approve a new tax for public safety.

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 8:58 PM
Updated: Nov 4, 2019 4:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene City Councilors voted 6-2 to approve a new payroll tax Monday night.

The tax on employees and employers will pay for the expansion of public safety in Eugene. 

MORE: EUGENE DIVIDED DURING PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED PAYROLL TAX

The payroll tax would bring in about $23.6 million to the city community safety fund, according to city officials. About 65 percent would go to police, 10 percent to fire and emergency services, 15 percent would go to court services and 10 percent would go to homeless services.

Those who make minimum wage, $12 an hour by July 2020, will not have to pay.

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