Day: April 13, 2010

Have the dots spoken on budget cuts?

Do the dots have it? We’ll find out soon enough, as City Manager Chris Eppley and his staff prepare a budget for the upcoming year. But at a joint meeting of the Keizer City Council and Budget Committee on Monday, April 12, a dot exercise revealed that cops and other city employees may bear the brunt of a $250,000 general fund shortfall. Councilors and committee members were given several dot stickers with their initials on them, and were presented with poster boards of various options Eppley recommended to balance the budget. Fee increases on water and sewer got some support – as did shutting down the city’s new splash park for all but a few days this summer – but laying off a police officer and reducing work hours city wide got the most support. Already included in the proposed budget – reductions that don’t address the remaining $250,000 fiscal gap – are a salary freeze for all non-represented employees, department heads and the city manager. Also included are continuing cuts from this year’s budget as well as ending neighborhood association expenses, the Keizer Public Art Walk funding, maintaining Christmas lights, and the stipend for the Keizer Community Library. His proposal also includes using about $19,000 set aside to someday study whether a library taxing district should be placed on the election ballot to shore up the general fund....

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Legacy: It’s a family affair

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A popular late 90s rock band once sang that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. It’s applicable to the transition that recently gave Legacy Real Estate new owners. Its founder, Greg Hall, started the company in August of 2001, just a month before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The business survived the ensuing economic downturn and rode the wave of new construction, as prices climbed higher and higher. Its new owners, a foursome consisting of a husband and wife and a mother and son, say they’re well-positioned for a market rebound and are doing just fine in the meantime, thank you. The purchase came after Hall had been moving more and more toward the ministry. He worked as a public school teacher before entering real estate, and had been attending seminary school at a local branch of Faith Seminary while running his company and even merging it with Don Jensen’s real estate company in 2008. “It wasn’t anything I set out to do, but along the way I just got the call” to minister, said Hall, who is now the high school youth pastor at Salem First Church of the Nazarene. So the firm was purchased by Gary and Patti Williamson, a husband and wife pairing, and Kathy and James Hauge, a mother-and-son team with roots in Keizer...

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