Eugene, Oregon

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Eugene is the second-largest city in Oregon with a population of 156,185 people as of 2010.[1] The city was incorporated in 1862.[2]

Website evaluation

Last rated on August 27, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Has current and past budgets online.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Has meeting information online.[4]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with contact information.[5]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Has city officials' contact information online.[6]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Has building permits and zoning information online.[7][8]
  • Audits
    • Has financial audits available.[9]
  • Local Taxes
    • Has tax information online.[10]
  • Public Records
    • Public records request form is available.[11]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Does not have salary information on elected nor administrative officials.
  • Contracts
    • Has some contract information available, but it's incomplete and has no available archive.[12]
  • Lobbying
    • No information regarding lobbying.


The proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 is $464.7 million, a 2.4 percent increase from the 2012 proposed budget.[13] The 2012 adopted budget was $450.1 million.[14] Budgets are online since FY2010, and prior budgets can be requested through the Finance department.[15]

Category Expenses
Personnel Services $155.7 million
Materials and Services $103.4 million
Capital Outlay $8 million
Intergovernmental $23.7 million
UEFB Balance Available $52.2 million
Interfund Transfers/Loans $14.7 million
Contingency/Reserves $52.8 million
Misc. Fiscal Transactions $5.5 million
Capital $27.6 million
Debt Service $21.1 million
TOTAL $464.7 million

Public Employees

Elected Officials

Name Position
George Brown Ward One Commissioner
Mike Clark Ward Five Commissioner
Pat Farr Ward Six Commissioner
Andrea Ortiz Ward Seven Commissioner
Kitty Piercy Mayor
George Poling Ward Four Commissioner
Chris Pryor Ward Eight Commissioner
Betty Taylor Ward Two Commissioner
Alan Zelenka Ward Three Commissioner

Eugene City Council has agendas and minutes online; additionally, meeting times live webcasts are available.[17]

Administrative Officials

The Eugene City Manager is Jon Ruiz. Ruiz's 2012 salary is $182,561.[18]

Eugene has not published public employee salaries online, but the pay schedule and worker classifications are available on the city's human resources page.[19]


See also: Oregon public employee salaries


See also: Oregon public pensions

Oregon has one public pension fund, the Public Employees Retirement System. According to the PERS website, "you are vested in the OPSRP Pension Program on the earliest date in which you complete at least 600 hours of service in each of five calendar years (the years do not have to be consecutive). If you are an active member any time on or after reaching normal retirement age, you become a vested member regardless of years of service. Once you are vested in the OPSRP Pension Program, you cannot lose your benefit rights unless you withdraw from the program."[20]

The state has funded PERS 86 percent, with $5.8 billion in unfunded liabilities.

An April 28 article in The Oregonian estimates about 10 percent of pensioners double dip.[21]

Emergency personnel

The Eugene police force and fire and emergency medical services are public operations. The fire department issues annual reports and performance reports, and the police force publishes some information such as response times and crime data.[22][23][24]


See also: Oregon government sector lobbying

According to Open Secrets, the city of Eugene spent $40,000 on lobbying in 2012 and has spent $657,549 since 1998.[25]

Year Amount Spent on Lobbying
2012 $40,000
2011 $60,000
2010 $0
2009 $50,275
2008 $62,874
2007 $50,400
2006 $48,000
2005 $54,000
2004 $36,000
2003 $48,000
2002 $48,000
2001 $40,000
2000 $40,000
1999 $40,000
1998 $40,000
Total $657,549

Transparency & public records

For public records, the city provides a request form with a city official contact.[26]


Information on tax payment and assessments can be found at the Lane County website.[27]

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