Revenue is good at Keizer Civic Center

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In the last couple of budget cycles, serious concerns were raised about rental revenue of the Keizer Civic Center. A new Event Center Coordinator position was filled by Kristian Bouvier in January 2014, with the hope being revenue would be greatly boosted and less general fund money would have to be used to help run the building. When that didn’t happen by last spring, there were serious concerns expressed about the economic viability of the position during the budget meetings. After all, revenue was expected to jump from $98,000 a year to $170,000 a year, but instead went up just $1,700. It appears a year can make quite the difference. Tim Wood, who was recently named Finance director for Keizer, requested a supplemental budget for the community center during Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting – which was held in the Robert L. Simon Council Chamber inside the community center. The 2015-16 community center budget was based on the anticipation of receiving $100,000 in rental feels for the entire fiscal year, which ends on June 30. “As of the end of February, we have surpassed the goal already,” Wood said on Monday. “As of Feb. 29, the fund has already received $101,094 in rental income and is currently projected to receive approximately $150,000 in rental fees for the fiscal year.” The supplemental budget request came...

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