By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
City of Keizer officials were not expected to take part in a hearing this week regarding the Rawlins property in Area A of Keizer Station.
However, city attorney Shannon Johnson did submit a packet to be part of the record.
As detailed last week, a letter was sent to Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher on June 4 about Local Improvement District (LID) fees on two properties owned by Rawlins Real Estate. The letter was written by state Sen. Tim Knopp and Rep. Gene Whisnant of the Redmond area, where Timm and Linda Rawlins own a business.
Among other things, that letter noted the $6.7 million bill “greatly exceeds” what the Rawlins can pay. The letter also stated “the facts surrounding this matter are extremely troubling” and mentioned the Oregon State Legislature House Committee on Land Use is scheduled to have a hearing on the LID matter June 20.
The letter further stated the LID was placed on the property despite “strenuous objections” by the Rawlins and “appears to be contrary” to a previously negotiated agreement.
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