In the May 16, 2018, issue of the Register-Guard, reporter Christian Hill writes:
Eugene’s city government isn’t getting a watchdog, either appointed or elected.
City voters rejected two city auditor measures Tuesday, ending a debate that has dominated local politics for months.
Voters handily rejected Measure 20-287, the council-appointed auditor proposal 77 percent to 23 percent, or by a more than three-to-one ratio. Voters defeated Measure 20-283, the elected auditor proposal, 55 percent to 45 percent.
Both measures would have changed the city charter to require the hiring of a city auditor to check city spending and to gauge whether services and programs are effective and cost-efficient and, if not, suggest fixes. …