Day: July 6, 2010

Compost pickup will be biweekly

The Keizer City Council opted not to have weekly food waste pickup Monday night. However, bi-weekly pickup of food waste – in the green can along with yard debris – will begin in September. See Friday’s Keizertimes for...

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School board formally adopts budget

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes Salem-Keizer Public Schools formally adopted a budget for 2010-11 school year. State law requires the district to adopt a budget before June 30 each year regardless if funding is known or available. The adopted budget was based on funding estimates available in early spring. But late last month, the State of Oregon released a new estimate that included significant shortfall in funding for public schools. What this means to the Salem-Keizer district is a $24 million shortfall for the coming school year. There is no word if additional funding from the federal government will be made available this year. “Twenty-four million is a significant amount, and finding a budget solution is not going to be quick and easy,” stated a district release. “With the help of district staff, parents, the public, the Citizens’ Budget Committee and the school board, we will all work together to address the needs.” Work will begin during the summer and continue into next school year. There are indications that the state economy will not recover fully for several more years. In addition, the district is developing proposals to bring forward to the board at its Tuesday,  July 20,...

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What recovery? Unemployment grows to 10.8 percent

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The month of May was not so merry for job growth. The Salem area’s jobless rate rose to 10.8 percent, up from 10.4 percent in April. The rates are seasonally adjusted. It was higher than the statewide seasonally adjusted rate of 10.6 percent. Still, the local unemployment rate is about half a percentage point lower than it was in May 2007. Statistics are for the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Keizer. Some 20,250 Marion and Polk county residents were unemployed in a labor force of 177,269. According to Worksource Oregon statistics, some 834 less people were unemployed last month than in May 2009. From April to May, the private sector added 600 jobs while government added 1,100 jobs, although “much of May’s job growth was the result of unemployment related to the 2010 U.S. Census,” said Patrick O’Connor, a Worksource Oregon regional economist. “They’re going to show up one month and disappear.” In key sectors: • Construction added 200 jobs, and the industry has dropped about 500 jobs in the past month. • Manufacturing added 200 jobs. • Professional and business services was unchanged, but has grown by 100 positions in the past year. O’Connor said growth in this industry is “a sign the local economy is slowly starting to move in a positive direction.” • Retail trade added 100 jobs, but the...

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