The Keizer Chamber of Commerce won’t get dollars raised to fund tourism and the city’s two neighborhood associations will not get expense money in the coming budget.
The Keizer Budget Committee voted not to give $11,500 in hotel-motel taxes to the Keizer Chamber and $1,100 for neighborhood associations to send out mailings and cover expenses. The committee approved the budget Tuesday night, sending the recommendation on to the Keizer City Council.
A counteroffer from the West Keizer Neighborhood Association for $200 was also shot down.
But the chamber will not be asked to pick up costs for police patrol during the Iris Festival parade. City Manager Chris Eppley had proposed that the chamber pay police overtime costs associated with parade patrol, and that organizers of the Good Vibrations motorcycle rally do the same.
The budget committee voted to set aside $7,000 to cover these costs, taking $5,800 from contingency funds and recovering the remainder from cutting neighborhood association and volunteer recognition funds.