In the May 10, 2018, issue of the Eugene Weekly, staff write:
One last word from us on the elected auditor measure on the May 15 ballot: Opponents of Measure 20-283 complain it was drafted behind closed doors with no public process, but it’s actually the product of decades of discussion in public meetings and even at City Club of Eugene. The final language of the measure was crafted by a group of well-informed, civic-minded folks, including two exceptional former city councilors, Bonny Bettman McCornack and George Brown. The measure reflects massive research into auditor best practices around the country and was refined to fit with Eugene’s form of government. Guiding the process was auditing expert Gary Blackmer, former auditor for the state of Oregon and the city of Portland.
Eugene is not burdened with Chicago-style corruption, but we do have a city staff that sometimes stumbles along, wasting millions of taxpayer dollars in the process. An adequately funded and independent city auditor will work with our city departments to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability. Vote “Yes” on the elected auditor Measure 20-283.