Early glimpse at budget offered

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

There are some positions Keizer city leaders would love to fill.

A preliminary glimpse at the 2013-14 budget at a Keizer Long Range Planning Task Force meeting Monday evening showed there could be the budget to fill positions.

But the uncertainty is if there would be the revenue stream down the road to continue funding such positions.

“This next year is a pivotal year,” city manager Chris Eppley said. “A lot of things will kind of determine what our future looks like. We won’t see major increases or major cuts in spending. We don’t want to commit resources long-term if that’s leading to deficits.”

Eppley and Susan Gahlsdorf, Keizer’s finance director, went through long range plans for water and storm water funds, as well as an updated look at the five-year budget plan.

“Our challenge with the task force is to talk about revenue generating ideas, operating levies and fee increases,” Gahlsdorf said. “One purpose of this task force is to prioritize things going forward.”


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