City not paying for Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As was explained during the budget process, the City of Keizer is not paying for the Big Toy play structure project. The problem is, wording in the approved 2014-15 fiscal year budget muddles the issue. Early on, Keizer City Councilors approved using $100,000 in seed or plant money to get the project going. That money, from park System Development Charge (SDC) funds, is to pay for expenditures such as the $32,000 to project consultant Leathers and Associates. Councilors also approved $150,000 in matching funds if a $150,000 grant had been secured earlier this year from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department through its Local Government Grant program. The project did not get funding through that grant, so the $150,000 in matching money is off the table. Under the Park Improvement Fund heading in the budget, capital outlay is listed as $150,000 for grant expenditures (the aforementioned grant had the OPRD application been successful) and $300,000 for improvements, which includes the initial $100,000. A note at the bottom of the page includes this note: “Capital outlay expenditures are for the ‘Big Toy’ project at Keizer Rapids Park.” On another page, there are again big numbers associated with the Park Improvement Fund and this note: “The 2014-15 ending fund balance is $265,000 less than the beginning fund balance. Available fund balance is being used for...

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