Day: June 18, 2013

School board approves budget

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The 2013-14 budget of the Salem-Keizer School District was adopted at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. Adoption was by a 5-0 vote. Two directors, chairperson Nancy MacMorris-Adix and Jim Green, declared possible conflicts of interest, Green because of his employment by the Oregon School Boards Association, to which the district pays dues, MacMorris-Adix because her husband is a district employee. The budget, which reflects the latest reductions in funds available to the district, totals $563,891,655.  It consists of a $367,970,768 general fund, debt service funds totaling $41,434,712, special revenue funds totaling $74,008,242, internal service funds totaling $24,198,671, a $480,000 enterprise fund and a $34,100 trust fund. The board also adopted and appropriated grant budgets of $81,000 for administrators participating in the Principal Leadership Cadre and $11,145 for the Engineering & Technology Industry Council at West Salem High School. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 14 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Parks Board continues funding talk

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The need for more parks funding in Keizer has been identified. Just how to fill that need is still up for debate. For the second consecutive month, members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board met Tuesday night to discuss the idea of adding $2 a month to Keizer water bills, with that funding going towards parks. Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director, estimated the additional fee would generate $117,000 a year for five years. Lawyer came up with a list of what could be done with that funding, though board members talked more about general ideas rather than specific items to spend money on. “We need to come up with a plan, see how it looks and why,” Rick Day said. “We know needs are there with improvements at parks. We need to figure out how to approach it. I would like to see that in the next couple of months.” Part of the timing push has been so board members can answer questions bound to come up when the public hears about an extra fee. On the other hand, board chair Richard Walsh pointed out a solid plan needs to be put in place, especially if it’s decided to put the fee increase on the ballot. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick...

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