EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council is expected to vote on a proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 Monday evening.
The proposed budget, which has been adjusted for potential revenue shortfalls because of the pandemic, does not propose any furloughs or layoffs. City officials are looking to cut $7.5 million because of the pandemic. Overall the city government will lose $30 million in revenue from the lack of taxes being collected with people out of work.
However, some residents are still hoping more money will go to social services. Sam Schwartz lives in Eugene and he is hoping the city will look into funding mental health programs.
“What I would like to see are more services to help with homelessness and mental illness,” Schwartz said. “For example, more funding for Cahoots. Not only Cahoots but other like-minded organizations.”
Stevie Piccolo, who also lives in Eugene, said she wants the city to fund more programs that help the homeless.
“I work with the homeless and I help run a non-profit for the homeless,” Piccolo said. “I know (Mayor) Lucy Vinis has done a lot towards getting money and we now have two tiny homes, so I would like to see more funding.”
The budget allocates over $200,000 to help the city respond to COVID-19. That includes the continuation of some homeless shelters as well as portable restrooms.
The city council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. You can access the virtual meeting here.
If you would like to see the full 240-page budget, click here.