By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
By the time the 2013-14 budget was discussed Monday by the Keizer City Council, details had mostly been sorted out.
Proof of that: a majority of the budget-related discussion centered on funding that might not even come to fruition.
In the end, councilors unanimously approved the $39 million city budget, including a $10 million general fund budget. The tax rate is $2.0838 per $1,000 of assessed value.
When the public hearing started, none of the 12 audience members – a bigger crowd than usual – offered public comment.
“Really?” asked mayor Lore Christopher, eliciting chuckles. “Then what are you all doing here?”
Much of the discussion among councilors centered on Keizer Chamber of Commerce funding requests. Susan Gahlsdorf, Keizer finance director, noted such requests aren’t being funded at this point since there is currently no Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funding. Such funding comes from hotel room fees and Keizer’s only hotel, the Renaissance Inn, is currently undergoing Chapter 13 reorganization and is delinquent on taxes.
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