A look at the Big Toy budget

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As originally planned, the Big Toy would be built at Keizer Rapids Park next month. The project has been delayed until June 2015, as previously reported in the Keizertimes. The delay is a good thing, when looking at the budget for the project. County Commissioner Janet Carlson, co-chair of the project’s fundraising committee, went over the most current numbers with the paper this week. The budget lists expenses estimated to be $416,509.80; of that amount, $197,400 has been raised so far. That equates to 47 percent. Separate from that, the budget calls for $326,073.70 in in-kind labor, with most of that being volunteered labor on the five build days next June 11 to 15. Of that amount raised, $100,000 comes from seed or plant money from the City of Keizer, in the form of System Development Charges funds. Another $85,000 comes from grants awarded so far, with the remaining $12,400 from contributions or sales. Carlson said the $85,000 in grants includes $30,000 each from Marion County and Keizer Rotary, plus $15,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Keizer Parks Foundation. Carlson, the McNary High School graduate who has been working extensively with Keizer Public Works director Bill Lawyer, Community Build Task Force co-chair Richard Walsh and project general contractor Mark Caillier, said the hope is the money from Keizer Rotary...

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