On April 11, 2018, KVAL reported:
Debate is heating up in the battle between two Eugene measures on the May Ballot, measures that would set up a new city auditor’s post.
The newest salvo comes from the “Citizens for Sensible Oversight,” who are chief sponsors of the city council alternative measure for an appointed auditor. They claim the other measure for an elected city auditor, measure 20-283, is way too generous with the public funds.
Rob Zako say that the elected city auditor is going to be paid if measure 20-283 is passed next month, and he claims that the wording of the measure has given the proposed auditor a pay raise already, before any voters have their say.
“That doesn’t seem to make sens to us if the point is the save money,” said Zako. “Why would be pay maybe double what an auditor should be paid in order to save money?”
The elected auditor would be paid 70 percent of the average salaries of the city managers of Eugene and Salem, and the general manager of the Eugene Water and Electric Board, who just got a raise last week. Hence, the assumed raise for the auditor. …