Day: November 3, 2015

Transit measure fails; KFD levy approved

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Yes to fire trucks, no to more bus service. Area voters rejected the Salem-Keizer Transit District’s Measure 24-388 on Tuesday, which called for a 0.21 percent payroll tax to bring in approximately $5 million in new funding. Initial results released Tuesday night by the Marion County Clerk’s Office showed the measure failing, with 17,281 voters (58.32 percent) against and 12,352 voters (41.68 percent) for. The results showed 57 of 65 precincts counted, with a voter turnout of 31.07 percent. The Keizer Fire District’s $6.2 million equipment bond, Measure 24-389, was more successful. The measure was approved by 3,768 voters (63.76 percent) while 2,142 voters (36.24 percent) were against it. The results showed 11 of 12 precincts counted, with a 34.08 percent voter turnout. The payroll tax would have paid for the return of weekend transit service, extended weeknight service and free bus passes for local middle school and high school students. Those services were victims of budget cuts in 2009. There was plenty of opposition to the proposed transit tax. Both the Keizer and Salem Area Chambers of Commerce vigorously fought against the measure, claiming it was not a fair burden on local businesses. The opposition included videos and sign-waving campaigns. “There is always opportunity when you’re out there waving on the streets and when people with passion are behind the marketing effort,”...

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Celts lose overtime, see-saw play-in

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Even a hat trick by McNary senior Paulo Reyes wasn’t enough to overcome the Tigard High School varsity soccer team in a playoff play-in game Tuesday, Oct. 27. After a beleaguered end to the regular season, the McNary High School varsity soccer team’s postseason dreams rested on the outcome of the game. With the 5-4 loss, the Celts’ season comes to a close. Celt forward Julian Villarreal cleaned up a free kick at the net early in the game to give McNary a 1-0 lead. In the eighth minute, Tigard knotted the game by slipping one past goalkeeper Sebastian Lopez, who had already made several saves at that point. With 3:32 left in the half, Tigard was awarded a penalty kick and went up 2-1, and the teams went to halftime with the Tigers in the lead. In the 42nd minute, Reyes scored his first goal of the night from about 20 yards out. He created mere inches of space between himself and a defender to get the shot off. Less than a minute later, Tigard retook the lead 3-2. In the 64th minute, Celt Daniel Caballero was on the far left side of the field and passed the ball to Reyes, who had his back to the net. Reyes turned on a dime and scored his second goal of the night...

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