County Courthouse Bond: Ballot Measure 20-299
2019 Voters Pamphlet:
Supporting Measure 20-299:
The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce believes that Lane County’s ability to provide safety and efficiency in service the justice needs of the County are critical to maintaining a vibrant community and sound economy.
Furthermore, it is imperative that the needs of all members of our community can be accommodated both by the system and the facility in a manner that provides equity and diversity. The Eugene Chamber recognizes the importance of these funds and supports the measure for the following reasons:
Ballot Measure 20-299 will be on the May 2019 election ballot. If the measure passes, the $154 million in bond funds will be used to construct a new Lane County Courthouse and Justice Center in the former site of the Eugene City Hall in downtown Eugene.
If approved, the local funds will be met with an anticipated $94 million in state and federal funds, to be approved by the Legislature in the 2019 legislative session. The state and federal funds were made available through a bond program to fund up to 50% of the state’s portions of the facility and if voters do not approve the local bond, those funds will likely be distributed to Clackamas County.
ABOUT THE COURTHOUSE
The future Justice Center site will be home to the Circuit Court, District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Victim’s Services. It will be constructed as a 7-story building with 18 jury-equipped courtrooms designed to be fully ADA compliant and built to seismic standards. A second 2-story building will serve as the Sheriff’s office and include both backside and secured underground parking.
The cost is estimated at $50 per median household annually with a guaranteed cap of $252 million for project and construction costs.
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