In the October 19, 2017, issue of the Eugene Weekly, staff write:
It looks like creating an elected, independent city auditor will be on the spring ballot in Eugene, thanks to volunteers who last week submitted nearly 13,000 signatures — far more than the required 8,090. Also last week, the mayor’s Auditor Study Group wrapped up its research into other cities and counties that have performance auditors. The group compared how a dozen governments hire, fire, supervise and fund auditors, how audit topics are chosen, etc. The group will report to the Eugene City Council in mid-November, without recommendations.
The more we learn about independent auditors and their growing popularity, the more we appreciate how they can not only save taxpayers money but also create transparency and accountability in local government. That bodes well for passing the city auditor measure next May.