Day: May 6, 2010

Police position may not be cut

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Fee increases, ongoing cuts and pay freezes will stabilize a city general fund that is falling about $178,000 short for the coming fiscal year in the city manager’s proposed budget. And while Keizer Police will be reducing overtime and eliminating non-mandatory training, in the proposed budget they will not be forced to lay off a police officer. The budget committee and city council previously indicated supporting a cop cut at an April work session, but that appears to be off the table. “That was going into the budget,” said City Manager Chris Eppley. “I actually took that out based on conversations I had after the fact with councilors, committee members and citizens generally. … Although they identified that as a direction to go, the community probably wasn’t going to be willing to stomach that kind of approach.” City leaders said at a Budget Committee hearing Tuesday the increases to the sewer franchise fee – and the creation of a stormwater franchise fee – would average about $13.14 per household per year. And with ongoing cuts – in addition to overtime and salary freezes, the Keizer Community Library, parks and other programs are expected to suffer – city staff believe the general fund will weather the storm created by a bad economy and subsequent lower-than-expected revenues. “We used to say that revenues we forecasted...

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Some parks may not have toilets soon

FRIDAY UPDATE: The Budget Committee restored portable toilets and weed control within Keizer parks Thursday night. The budget still must be approved by the Keizer City Council. By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes As the city looks to close a budget gap, many parks – quite literally– won’t have a pot to pee in. They’re asking for $1,600 to bring back portable toilets for six parks in the next fiscal year. Currently, Keizer Rapids, Claggett Creek and Chalmers Jones parks have funded portable toilets in the next budget cycle. Keizer Little League Park has permanent bathroom facilities. Without the restored funding, those at Country Glen, Bob Newton, Ben Miller, Northview, Willamette Manor and Wallace House parks will be taken out by the end of June. There is, included in the budget, toilets for Bob Newton, Claggett Creek and Willamette Manor for a nine-week roving recreation program from June 22-August 19. It was a unanimous recommendation from the parks board, Chair Jeanne Bond-Esser said. The board is also asking that $4,800 be added back for fertilization and weed control. Some board members fear that eliminating the maintenance will only increase costs down the road. “None of these seven city parks are receiving it this spring, either, due to the freeze in the budget,” Bond-Esser told the Budget Committee on Tuesday. “That makes two consecutive years for the parks not to...

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