Of the Keizertimes

Earlier, there had been calls to not rush the budget process, using an extra meeting if necessary to get through everything.

In the end, the Keizer Budget Committee approved an amended fiscal year 2013-14 budget at its May 9 meeting, going just a few minutes past the scheduled end time in the process.

The next step for the budget is a public hearing at the June 3 Keizer City Council meeting. The budget has to be approved by the end of June.

As presented, the general fund budget is about $39 million and has a tax rate of $2.0838 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Budget committee meetings were held May 2, 7 and 9.

At one point last Thursday, two councilors made it clear thoroughly looking over the budget was more important than the speed.

“I’m tired of hearing we have to be done by 9 p.m., or 20 minutes for this,” Ken LeDuc said. “This is our budget. I took time off of work for two days because of the complexities I didn’t know. I don’t appreciate (the idea) time is our priority and we don’t want to meet next Tuesday.”

Jim Taylor agreed.

“If it takes more time, it takes more time,” Taylor said. “If we don’t get done in time or we stay late, so be it.”

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