Day: December 16, 2014

A look at how Keizer voted in November

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Oregon’s Measure 92 dealing with GMO labeling may be going through a recount, but it’s not because of Keizer voters. While a razor-thin margin at the state level triggered a recount of the labeling measure, the margin was decisive in Keizer, a look at vote tallies shows. The Keizertimes looked at the votes in precincts 401 to 408 – the Keizer precincts – for Measure 92, as well as Measure 91 (recreational marijuana), the governor’s race between Dennis Richardson and John Kitzhaber, the state senate 13th district race between Kim Thatcher and Ryan Howard, the state house representative District 25 race between Bill Post and Chuck Lee, plus the Keizer City Council No. 5 battle between Amy Ripp and Matt Chappell. Out of 19,461 registered voters in Keizer, 13,370 (68.7 percent) voted on Measure 92. The measure failed by a wide margin in the city, with 8,188 votes (61.24 percent) against as compared to 5,182 votes (38.76 percent) for the measure, according to the tally on the Marion County Elections website. Of the eight precincts in Keizer, only the tiny 408 precinct in the southeast corner voted for the measure, by a 43-26 margin. In the seven other precincts, no votes outnumbered the yes votes by an average of 432 votes. Measure 91 was approved in Oregon, but Keizer voted against making recreational...

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Sewer and wastewater fees going up in January

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sewer rates are going up for Keizer residents. The first of two increases will be effective Jan. 1, 2015. The second increase goes into effect one year later. Susan Gahlsdorf, Finance director for Keizer, noted the city has agreed to adopt Salem’s wastewater service charges. Keizer contracts with Salem for the treatment of Keizer’s water. “On average, customers will see a 1.5 to 2 percent increase in their sewer charges effective for bills dated on or after Feb. 1, 2015 and a 2.5 to 3 percent increase on their sewer charges effective for bills dated on or after Feb. 1, 2016,” Gahlsdorf said at the Dec. 1 Keizer City Council meeting. “This equates to a $5 annual increase in 2015 and a $9.70 annual increase in 2016 for the average residential customer.” Gahlsdorf said the 2015 rate increase reflects a 1 percent decrease in the surcharge Salem has imposed in the past. “In 2009 Salem agreed to eliminate the 7.5 percent surcharge by 1.5 percent the first year and 1 percent each year thereafter until the surcharge was eliminated,” Gahlsdorf said. “Beginning in 2015, the surcharge will be 1 percent and it will be eliminated beginning in 2016.” Gahlsdorf further noted the city’s administrative fee on the utility bill has been a bi-monthly charge of $4.85 since 2006. That fee will now be...

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