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.

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