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City Club events occur on the first and third Thursday of every month, beginning at noon and ending at 1:00 p.m. We meet at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3285 Gateway Street.

The meeting involves a presentation of about 25 minutes followed by a period when each table can discuss the presentation and prepare a question to be asked by the table

Advance registration is not required. Payments can be made at the event.

Election season is here. Don’t miss these City Club programs.

October 11: Measures 103 and 104 – Limits on Taxes and Fees

October 18: Springfield General Obligation Bond for Streets

Measure 103 and 104 are proposed constitutional amendments which limit or restrict the ability of the legislature to raise revenues. Measure 103 prohibits taxes on "groceries," which it defines as "any raw or processed food or beverage intended for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, marijuana products and tobacco products."  Measure 104 requires that any measure in the Legislative Assembly which has the effect of increasing revenue, including by eliminating credits or deductions, pass by a 3/5 vote. We will have a panel including Paul Rainey, the Political Affairs Director of the Oregon Association of Realtors, who will support Measure 104, Juan Carlos Ordonez, the Communications Director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy, who will speak in opposition to both measures, and a third panelist who will speak in support of Measure 103.

The City of Springfield proposes to sell $10 million in general obligation bonds, to be repaid from property taxes, to pay for preservation and maintenance of a defined list of streets. Interim Development and Public Works Director Tom Boyatt will explain the measure and Council President Sean VanGordon and councilor Marilee Woodrow will discuss its importance to the community.