Day: October 14, 2013

City starts doling out TOT money

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The city of Keizer is indeed collecting tax money from its lone hotel and is using that money for several items. Earlier this year the owners of the Renaissance Inn declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and sold the hotel to Keizer Hotel Corp. The new owners took over in June and have been paying Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to the city. When there was uncertainty over the TOT funds being received, members of the Keizer City Council prioritized a list of items typically receiving that money. With TOT funds now coming in, councilors revisited the list during Monday’s meeting. The top priority was a $10,000 grant to the Keizer Chamber of Commerce for new holiday lights, followed by $5,000 for December’s Festival of Lights Holiday Parade. “The first priority was to order holiday lights,” said city manager Chris Eppley, who filled in for finance director Susan Gahlsdorf at Monday’s meeting. “No other money is being spent until more revenues are received.” Though she was absent Monday, last week Gahlsdorf told the Keizertimes the hotel is legally required to collect the TOT funds and remit to the city. Because that has been happening since new owners took over, Gahlsdorf said there is a “reasonable chance” to collect the funds. “We do not know at this point what we will receive for the year,” Gahlsdorf said....

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Teague pleased to be back in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes At first glance, the blank walls in the office of John Teague make sense. After all, Teague took over as police chief with the Keizer Police Department on Sept. 23. A formal swearing in ceremony took place during Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. But a year from now the walls could easily still be bare. It’s visual symbolism of Teague, who served in the KPD for nearly 20 years before leaving in 2009 to become police chief in Dallas. He returned to Keizer to replace the retired Marc Adams. “I’ve never been a wall guy,” Teague said. “I had nothing on my walls in Dallas and I never did here before.” In a wide-ranging interview Monday with the Keizertimes, it quickly became evident Teague is comfortable with himself and not afraid to look at things a different way. “I am exceptionally transparent,” Teague said. “I don’t gossip. I politely let people know what I think of them. I don’t want to lose sleep at night, plus I may not think of them correctly. I don’t beat people up. I treat them like men and I expect them to act like men. I call it experienced maturity. I expect them to act that way. “I went to a (Keizer Police) Association meeting last week,” Teague added. “I told them I expect them to treat the...

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