Payroll Tax Funded Programs
The Community Safety System
The Community Safety System includes police, fire, Central Lane 9-1-1, municipal court, prevention and social services, which are interdependent and work together.
Funded by the CSPT, the addition of Community Service Officers (CSOs) has had an immediate impact on Eugene's safety response, and recent commendations have poured in for multiple EPD CSOs. Read on...
What’s important about artwork? Plenty, and a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, the new graphics on the trucks used by Community Service Officers will flag a difference between sworn patrol officers and civilian CSOs. Read on...
EPD’s Street Crimes Unit (SCU) has been honored for exemplary work in 2022. Read on...
The City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) is committed to representing the people of the City of Eugene in a fair and equitable manner, and to handle all cases filed in Eugene Municipal Court consistently and efficiently. Read on...
Community Court program participants are required to complete a certain number of hours of Community Restoration during the length of their case plan. Read on...
When developing a plan for our new Community Court Provider Room, we knew the space needed some color and warmth brought in to help people feel more welcome and comfortable. Read on...
Community Service Officers (CSOs) serve a vital role in enhancing response by providing an alternative response to sending a sworn officer and by keeping the community safe. Read on...
Watch the July 20 City Council Work Session. Following a presentation by Eugene Police Chief Skinner, the Council had a discussion about public safety funding and how to most effectively bring a broad array of perspectives and priorities into our discussions of structural change.
- 40 patrol officers, 5 detectives, 4 sergeants and lieutenant
- 10 community service officers, sergeant and lieutenant
- 9.5 staff for 911
- Street Crimes Unit
- Animal welfare and traffic safety officers
- Evidence control and forensic analysts
- 10 additional jail beds in Springfield Municipal Jail and increased jail services
- Opening 3rd municipal courtroom with additional staffing
- 911 triage/community response unit
- Expansion of Community Court and Mental Health Court
- Enhanced homelessness services – emergency shelters options and day center
- Youth out of school prevention programs
Funds will only be used to pay for community safety services. Protections in the proposed ordinance passed by the Council include:
- Creating a separate fund for payroll tax revenue
- Ensuring that payroll tax funds won’t replace existing funding
- Requiring an independent financial audit
- Establishing a citizen advisory board to review annual performance audits
- Requiring a 7-year review and reauthorization
- Charter amendment capping the rates and limiting use to community safety
What is the problem?
Our Community Safety System is stressed
- Calls for police service increased 21% from 2014-17.
- Staffing levels have remained relatively flat.
- One out of three non-life threatening police calls for service receive no response, and general response times have increased by 20 minutes.
- The number of unsheltered homeless adults is significantly higher than in many other similar communities.
While many creative programs have been applied to this problem to maximize resources and meet community needs, the growing demand continues to outpace capacity.
What is the plan?
The Eugene City Council passed the Community Safety Payroll Tax Ordinance (No. 20616) in June 2019 to provide long-term funding for community safety services. The Community Safety Payroll Tax is expected to generate funds to provide faster, more efficient safety responses, deter crime, connect people to services, engage and help at-risk youth, support more investigations and court services, and add jail beds to reduce capacity-based releases and hold those who commit crimes accountable.
Many people are seen repeatedly. The goal is to reduce those interactions and help people out of the system. Community partners are integral.
- Deter crime
- Connect people to services
- Engage at-risk youth early
Increased response times are integral to improving our Community Safety System. Through the CSPT, we will:
- Answer more calls for service
- Get to more crimes faster
- Use new tools and methods to increase efficiency
The goal is to resolve every situation in a way that is best for the people involved, as well as the community.
- More investigations
- More court services
- More accountability