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Ready for the slopes

Ready for the slopes

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If you’re looking to catch up with Susan Gahlsdorf after Jan. 8, make sure your skis are ready. That’s the day Gahlsdorf officially retires from the city of Keizer after 18 years as Finance Manager. Tim Wood is filling the spot on an interim basis and has expressed interest […]

Dieker leaving as chamber leader

Dieker leaving as chamber leader

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It hasn’t happened in a while, but the Keizer Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director. Christine Dieker took over the position in March 1998 and has been in the position since, aside from a few turbulent months in 2003. But that is changing: Dieker submitted […]

Gahlsdorf stepping down after 18 years

Gahlsdorf stepping down after 18 years

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Shortly after the new year starts, Susan Gahlsdorf will finish her transition plan. Gahlsdorf, Keizer’s Finance Director for the last 18 years, confirmed to the Keizertimes this week she is retiring. “I am leaving after 18 years with the city,” Gahlsdorf said on Tuesday. “January 8 will be my […]

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 […]

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