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WE DID IT! 10,017 VALID SIGNATURES! Almost 2,000 more than required to get on the ballot!

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Made possible by the most dedicated hard-working volunteer team imaginable. 100 days to gather 8,091 VALID signatures is a crazy challenge — there hasn’t been a citizen initiative in Eugene since 1996 — and it is a measure, not only of our hours with a clipboard, but the enthusiasm and support in our community for the idea of an ELECTED AUDITOR. On to the campaign!


11am Thursday, October 12 City Accountability submitted over 1,400 signature sheets! Watch the video here.


We’re done! 13,000 Eugene ballot measure petition signatures to be turned in for verification Thursday, 10/12 at 11am!

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October 11 Press Release:

Almost 13,000 Eugene residents signed the petition for an independent ELECTED City Auditor.

Volunteers for the citizens’ initiative to amend the Eugene Charter to establish an Office of an independent, elected City Auditor will be submitting the the signatures for verification at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 12 (day 99 of the 100-day limit) at the City Manager’s Office, 125 E. 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Lane County Public Service Building.

“City Accountability,” the petition committee proposing this ballot measure, needs 8,090 signatures to qualify for the May 2018 ballot. The City Recorder’s office and the County Elections officials have 15 days after submission to determine the number of valid signatures.

We are extremely confident that we have surpassed the required threshold of community support, but many details are left to the discretion of the City and County officials.

The three chief petitioners for this proposal are former City Councilors George Brown and Bonny Bettman McCornack, and neighborhood leader and local businessman David Monk.

The proposed charter amendment would authorize an independent elected City Auditor to conduct financial, performance, compliance, or other audits of all aspects of city government operations to determine whether public resources are used cost-effectively, services are provided fairly and efficiently, and adequate internal controls are in place to protect public assets, save money, improve service, and prevent fraud and waste.

“City Accountability” did not invent this wheel. The provisions in the Charter Amendment are based on professional auditing standards and model legislation from across our country. The committee researched other cities’ and jurisdictions’ charters, ordinances and budgets to propose an auditor function for the City of Eugene that will provide the needed checks and balances to our particular — strong manager/volunteer council — form of government.

Sign the petition!

Look for our signature gatherers at Sundance Natural Foods, the Kiva and Saturday Market and help us put accountability and transparency on the ballot in May.Signature Gatherers 7-12 cropped


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Bonny McCornack will be presenting information on the ballot measure at the Democratic Party of Lane County Central Committee Meeting.

Thursday, September 21
6:30 p.m.
Eugene Garden Club
1645 High St.
Eugene

An information session on the Eugene performance auditor proposal will begin at 6:30, followed by the business meeting at 7:15.


City Accountability and Mayor Vinis’ auditor study group on local news August 17: KVAL & KMTR


Our Revolution Endorses Elected Independent City Auditor Charter Amendment

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Our Revolution Lane County went 35 to 2 in favor of endorsing the ballot measure in a vote held after a debate between Chief Petitioner Bonny Bettman McCornack and Chris Wig, Read the full Eugene Weekly article here.


from the Lindholm Company Blog, August 1, 2017
Eugeneans See City Hall Project Handled Poorly

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Eugeneans disapprove if the handling of the city hall project by an overwhelming margin.

QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of How the project to build the new Eugene City Hall has been handled? IF APPROVE/DISAPPROVE: Is that strongly or somewhat? IF DON’T KNOW: Which way do you lean?
METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of City of Eugene likely General Election voters were conducted April 10-11, 2017. The margin of error at the sample median is 7%.


from the Lindholm Company Blog, July 18, 2017
Eugene Independent Auditor Supported by Wide Margin

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Adding an elected Independent Auditor in Eugene is supported by a wide margin. However, it does not hit the crucial 70% level. Ideas that sound good tend to get a large amount of initial support. Campaigns tend to reduce that support. Usually a measure like this would need something above 60% to be really ahead and would like north of 70% to be comfortable.

It’s important to keep in mind that this is based on the old wording and for a general election. Should have updated polling later in the year.

QUESTION: City of Eugene Office of the Independent Auditor. The auditor would be elected to four-year terms, would operate separately from the city council and manager and would conduct financial, performance and other audits of all city operations and activities.
METHODOLOGY: 200 live telephone interviews of City of Eugene likely General Election voters were conducted April 10-11, 2017. The margin of error at the sample median is 7%.

NOTE: The text of the question was based on official documents and coverage by the Register Guard newspaper at the time of the survey. Subsequently the city proposed a caption and question which would lead to a different survey question wording.

 


“700 Signatures a Week” Eugene Weekly 7/20/17

City auditor petitions hit the streets, public gatherings

Volunteers are “well on our way” to collecting 10,000 signatures to put an Office of Independent City Auditor on the Eugene ballot next May, according to David Monk, one of the chief petitioners along with Bonny McCornack and George Brown.

The organizing group, City Accountability Committee, needs to collect about 700 valid signatures a week before the deadline of Oct. 12…  (continued)


Signature Gatherers 7-12

Our petition has hit the streets!

On Wednesday, July 5, our petition committee received permission from the City of Eugene to gather signatures in support of our citizens’ initiative.

UNPAID volunteers are currently collecting signatures, so look for our turquoise tee-shirts around town! We will be at the Library, the Kiva, Saturday and Farmers’ Markets and other events around town, and knocking on neighborhood doors.

 


An Independent Elected City Auditor can…

• Provide unbiased verification of public spending
• Continuously improve city services
• Save money
• Ensure fact-based decision making
• Detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse
• Strengthen internal controls
• Increase trust and goodwill in government