In the May 18, 2018, issue of the Register-Guard, Don Kahle writes in a column:
Eugene won’t be getting an auditor, but people still want auditing. I hope our leaders will respect — fear, if they must — the lawn sign consensus that was mounted for an elected city auditor. Nobody knew how the vote would turn out. Once you feel shivers being sent up it, you know where your spine is.
Even though both auditor measures failed at the polls, Eugene is begging its leaders: Don’t do nothing.
We’ll never know how many Eugene voters wanted some sort of auditor. How many voters endorsed at least one of the two city auditor proposals? Of those who voted against both (or didn’t vote at all), how many resented — or were confused by — the political shenanigans of competing measures? Has anyone gone on record opposing a city auditor? There’s a hidden mandate here for the Eugene City Council. …