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Transit measure fails; KFD levy approved

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 […]

Transit, KFD vote ends on Tuesday

Transit, KFD vote ends on Tuesday

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes On the national picture, the big election takes place a year from Tuesday. But locally, two big issues will be decided this coming Tuesday. The one that’s been most talked about is Ballot Measure 24-388, the proposed 0.21 percent business payroll tax to pay for increased local transit service. […]

Rep. Schrader: Congress isn’t as bad as portrayed

Rep. Schrader: Congress isn’t as bad as portrayed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The way U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader sees it, Congress isn’t quite as dysfunctional as you may think. Schrader, the Democrat from Canby serving his fourth term in Congress after first being elected in 2008, also praised ousted House of Representatives speaker John Boehner during a Keizer Chamber of Commerce […]

Transit board member talks of tax

Transit board member talks of tax

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Opposition to the proposed business payroll tax to pay for local transit service has been rather vocal. But there are those calling for the Salem-Keizer Transit District’s 0.21 percent payroll tax on the Nov. 3 ballot to be passed. Kathy Lincoln from the Salem-Keizer Transit Board of Directors […]

Chief explains the KFD bond (with video)

Chief explains the KFD bond (with video)

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Fire District is seeking to raise $6.2 million over the next 20 years to replace aging equipment with a general obligation bond measure on the ballot this November. The measure, No. 24-389, is expected to have an estimated average rate of about 14 cents per $1,000 […]

Councilor Ryan rips transit

Councilor Ryan rips transit

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The intent of Monday’s Keizer City Council work session was to hear from Salem Keizer Transit officials and board members about recent transit route changes and possible future plans. Those items were indeed discussed. They were overshadowed, however, by criticisms about information regarding the proposed payroll tax on next […]

Transit payroll tax gets debated

Transit payroll tax gets debated

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Leaders with the Keizer and Salem Chambers of Commerce have made it clear they’re against a proposed payroll tax on local businesses to pay for transit improvements. A community conversation took place Sept. 30 at the Keizer Quality Suites to air some of the frustrations business owners have about […]

City, developer agree on reimbursement

City, developer agree on reimbursement

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It came down to two numbers: 24.45 percent and 12.08 percent. KS Reim LLC, the company established by the developers of the new Mountain West apartments and the Bonaventure senior living center in Area C of Keizer Station, wanted to be reimbursed the higher rate for the extension of […]

Schrader talks transportation

Schrader talks transportation

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Long-term plans call for improvements to the Interstate 5/Chemawa Road interchange in Keizer. A model of how to do it may be barely 10 miles to the north. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) was among the dignitaries on hand for the ribbon cutting of the Woodburn Interchange and Transit […]

Council waits on marijuana action

Council waits on marijuana action

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Wait and see. That’s the position of the Keizer City Councilors in regard to possible new rules regarding marijuana in the city. City Attorney Shannon Johnson presented action taken by state legislators this year regarding Measure 91, passed by Oregon voters last year. The measure legalizes the sale of […]

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