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City budget up for approval

Of the Keizertimes

The city of Keizer and urban renewal budgets will be up for approval at the Monday, June 7 Keizer City Council meeting.

A combination of utility rate and fee increases, along with pay freezes for non-represented employees, will help to balance this year’s budget without layoffs or furloughs. Ongoing cuts to police overtime, along with travel and training, are helping to fill gaps created by lower-than-expected revenues, along with cuts to the Keizer Community Library, parks and public art.

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A proposed water rate increase was shot down at the Budget Committee, but new fees and increased rates will add about $26 per year to the average household utility bill, city officials said.

The increases will be part of a package that adds a stormwater license fee, and increases stormwater rates and the sewer license fee.

Police – who had been slated for a layoff – won’t see a position cut, but they are taking steps to cut back spending.

The department is cutting back its Community Response Unit – which targets areas with chronic problems, particularly drug sales – reducing the unit from four officers to two. Police Chief Marc Adams also said the department is removing an officer from the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force.