Month: May 2010

Disillusioned by budget process

To the Editor: One of the three components of Keizer’s motto is volunteerism.  The city’s budget committee is taking this literally. They are volunteering the citizens of Keizer to pay additional fees to support an increase in city spending! City Manager Chris Eppley’s recommended budget expects revenues to increase 1.8 percent from last year. The revenue increase is even larger if a sale of city real estate is included. Expenditures are expected to increase 9.6 percent. I am very disappointed in the lack of discipline and ability to make the difficult decisions needed to decrease city government spending in order to avoid an increase in service fees. On the revenue side, I understand that the state law regarding impound fees changed and that NW Natural Gas changed its billing system. These changes resulted in a decrease in incoming revenues.  I also understand that the City will benefit from yet another 3% increase in property taxes in fiscal 2010-2011. The statutory increase is allowed even when property values decrease. A 3% increase from property tax revenues isn’t enough when spending is increasing at a faster rate than revenues. The City’s Budget Committee is looking for even more revenue by increasing licenses, fees, and service charges. On the expenditure side, I am absolutely shocked at the arrogance of proposing a 9.6 percent increase in spending during the worst economic downturn since...

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Patriotism exhibited during Iris parade

To the Editor: What a refreshing and pleasant surprise I witnessed at the Keizer Iris Parade this year. Being a part of the parade is one of the things I most enjoy each year and in the past I have had some unusual entries, such as a fire-shooting propeler truck and a boat-car.  This year my entry was a vintage World War II military vehicle on which was mounted an American flag. As the parade progressed down River Road, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who stood, removed their hat and placed their hand over their heart, as the flag passed.  There were many elderly who would have struggled to stand but who honored their country and their flag with a smart salute or with hand over heart.  It was uplifting and made me proud of those patriots who still honor the American flag the way it should be honored.  To those proud Ameicans:  God bless you all. Bob Gallagher...

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Book sale helps Library continue

To the Editor: Last week, the Keizer Community Library book sale at the Keizer Lions Club hall, raised $1,779.49!!  This is by far the most successful book sale fund raising event that the library has ever held.  For this success, I would like to thank the public for donating so many good books, puzzles, DVDs, books on tape, etc. and others for buying them.  And I extend my thanks to the press for providing important publicity and also to those who worked so hard transporting books, setting up tables and doing the many tasks related to a successful operation. Finally, I would like to express gratitude to the library’s chief sponsor, the Keizer Lions Club, for year-round storage of book sale materials and a place to display and sell them.  Indeed, a number of Lions Club members helped with the sale itself.  Thank you so much! The success of this book sale helps assure that the Keizer Community Library will be able to continue to serve the people of Keizer for yet another year! Art Burr Library Director...

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IN THE RING: Term limits for Keizer mayor?

Dennis Koho, attorney and former mayor: “No.  We ought to be able to elect whoever we want to office. “Having said that, elected officials ought to impose term limits on themselves. This city was founded on the notion that we have a lot of citizens who will pitch in to help, and there is always someone who can do a good job given the opportunity.  I think eight or ten years on the council without a break in service is enough, and it is a huge contribution to the community.  I’d like to see officials voluntarily step aside at that point. “Having been in that position myself, my advice to them would be: let someone else step up to do the job after that period of time. Go home and remind yourself what your family looks like.  You’ve earned a break.” Jacque Moir, retired city councilor: “Terming limiting the Mayor’s or a Councilor’s positions could result in good folks talents being lost.  The voters are the ones who should decide who gets in/stays in office or not. They do so by casting their ballots and being informed. “When candidate forums are available there is the opportunity to learn more about existing elected officials or those who are seeking office.  All one has to do with existing people to see if they should be reelected is to watch a few...

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Rolling, rolling, rolling

The Lady Celts express keeps on rolling. McNary won its 21st game in a row earlier today with a 9-3 thumping of Rex Putnam in second-round action from the Class 6A state playoffs. Sophomore Hailey Decker clubbed two more home runs, or numbers three and four in two playoff games, while senior Hannah Bouska added a solo shot. Sophomore Olivia Yarbrough doubled in two runs. Senior starting pitcher Erin Hento won for the 17th time in 18 decisions. McNary trailed heading into the fifth inning. This game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was rained out. It was re-scheduled for Willamette University before the Bearcats’ field was declared unplayable this morning. Ultimately, the game was played at the McNary softball diamond. The Celts play the winner of Aloha-Tualatin in Friday’s...

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