Community Safety listening sessions scheduled
The Eugene City Council wants to hear from community members about community safety needs as they finalize funding priorities for the Community Safety Payroll Tax. In addition to an online survey (open through March 31), Eugeneans can attend virtual meetings this month to share their perspective on the Community Safety Initiative (CSI) strategy and approach. Both meetings will follow the same format, and will be recorded and available for viewing after their scheduled times to increase access to information:
- Wednesday, March 24, 12-2 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 30, 6-8 p.m.
Both meetings can be accessed at this link, and require the passcode CSI-2021
“We want to hear from our community through these public meetings and the survey, and our hope is that having a variety of ways in which people can participate will make it easier for our communities of color to share their perspectives,” said Kevin Alltucker, Community Safety Initiative Project Manager. “Hearing from communities of color on this issue is important at this critical moment in the community conversation around race, policing and public safety, and this effort will help to ensure the needs and priorities of undeserved members of our community are reflected in the Community Safety Initiative.”
The City is doing culturally specific outreach with a Spanish language version of the survey to our mono-lingual Spanish speaking community.
Results of the listening sessions, along with input from focus groups, public comment, and the survey will help inform the Council as it considers any adjustments to CSI funding. A summary report of the information collected will be submitted to Council for review and discussion at a work session currently scheduled for May 2021.
Learn more on the City’s Community Safety Initiative Engagement Sessions website.