How will the City be held accountable with money earned from the payroll tax?

The measure passed by Council includes critical accountability requirements to ensure the funding is used as directed including:

  • Lock Box (separate fund): Funds collected through the payroll tax will be “lock boxed” in a separate fund that is easily identifiable by members of the public, established to track the receipt and use of these funds.

  • Annual Performance Review: Specific performance measures have been included in the ordinance and additional measures will be established, tracked, and reported on annually. Some of these measures include:
    • Reducing the number of calls for service with no response
    • Reducing the number of minutes to respond to non-emergency requests for service
    • Increasing the number of minutes per hour officers are available for community policing
  • Outside Annual Audit: An outside auditor will review and document the City’s use of the tax funds to determine whether the tax funds proceeds were used in compliance with the terms of the ordinance and how the specific performance measures are being accomplished through use of the payroll tax funds.

  • Citizen Advisory Board: The City Manager has convened a Citizen Advisory Board which will prepare an annual report and conduct a comprehensive seven-year review.

  • 7-Year Public Vote: After seven years, the public will vote on whether continue the payroll tax.

  • Charter Amendment: Voters approved an amendment that caps the rates and limits use to community safety.

  • The purpose of the payroll tax is to raise additional revenue to be able to increase community safety services beyond what the City was able to fund in fiscal year 2018 (FY18), before the $8.6 million Bridge Funding. The ordinance ensures that revenue from the payroll tax will supplement, not replace, existing community safety funding.

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1. Why do the City’s community safety services need more funding?
2. How did the Council decide on a payroll tax?
3. What is a payroll tax?
4. How will the City be held accountable with money earned from the payroll tax?
5. Who will be on the community review panel?
6. Will public employees have to pay the payroll tax?
7. What do I get for my money?
8. Why isn’t money from the marijuana tax, or other taxes, being used instead of a payroll tax?
9. How is it legal that I can be taxed for local services if I don't live in Eugene and don't have representation there? (i.e., no taxation without representation)