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:Ii T.r. 'r. - February I, 2012 Your COMMUNITV Page 7 Mayor: 'Hard work and perseverence' key in 2012 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Funding problems are at the heart of what looks to be a tough slog this year for the city of Sweet Home. "It's going to be a challeng- ing year," said Mayor Craig Fen- timan. "It's going to be difficult and challenging in 2012." The mayor described some of the top issues the council will need to tackle. "We definitely are going to find a stable funding source for the Police Department and li- brary," Fentiman said. Property tax compression is driving a rev- enue problem. Compression is property tax revenue that is lost due to voter- approved property tax limitations. Property tax rates, more than $22 per $1,000 in Sweet Home, are ap- plied to assessed values. The levy amount is then compared to each individual property's real market value, and if the rate exceeds $10 per $1,000 the property taxes are decreased to a maximum of $10 per $1,000 for general govern- ment and $5 per $1,000 for edu- cation services. Declining real market values mean that total property tax val- ues decline as well. This fiscal year, the Sweet Home Police De- partment is receiving more than $780,000 less than were imposed by its local option levy. Local option levies are the first type of property tax reduced by the property tax limitation. Permanent rates, such as the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and the city's general property tax, are unaffected until the local option levies are reduced to zero revenue. The Sweet Home Police De- partment is completely funded by a local option levy, unlike most of the other law enforcement agen- cies in Oregon, which makes its funding more vulnerable to real estate price fluctuation. The Sweet Home Public Li- brary levy and Linn County Sher- iff's levy are also local option levies and affected first by the property tax limitation: "There's been discussion to try to figure out what we can do and what we can't do," Fenti- man said. "Right at this point, it doesn't look like a lot we can do other than forming a law enforce- ment district. That's going to be biggest issue this year." Another challenge is trying to forge ahead and keep Sweet Home ready for any economic de- velopment that may come its way, Fentiman said. He anticipated talking about economic develop- ment more over the weekend as well as the idea of constructing a second flexible manufacturing building. The city has one 10,000-square-foot flex building. The building is owned by the city and leased to businesses that meet criteria that include a minimum number of family wage jobs. It is currently occupied by Tech Edge. Among Sweet Home's prob- lems is a lack of space. Ti Squared, located at Clark Mill and Main, will move to Lebanon this year because the growing company cannot find enough space locally. Possibly, if Sweet Home had facilities that were large enough, it could have retained Ti Squared, Fentiman said. Ti Squared started manu- facturing titanium golf clubs in Sweet Home in 1995. It has since diversified into numerous other products and employs 61. The city worked with Ti Squared to find a local solution, but all of it required construction, Fentiman said. It would have been nice to have space available. "I would like to see us do that," he said. The city will continue reha- bilitating its sewer system this Mayor Craig Fentiman year, Fentiman said. It will finish Phase IV of its inflow and infiltra- tion reduction project. Inflow and infiltration is storm water that leaks into the sewer system through deteriorat- ing pipesor cross connection with storm drainage. During heavy rains, like last week, it can force the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant to bypass heavily diluted but untreated wastewater into the South Santiam River. The city is under a mandate from the Department of Environ- mental Quality to reduce I&I flow to prevent bypasses. After finishing Phase IV, the" city will need to study what the wastewater system is doing, and it will probably have to move from the collection system and improve the treatment plant, Fentiman said. So far, the city has spent more than $12 million closing the leaks in the sewer system, which has included city-owned mains and privately owned laterals. He anticipates a tough year, Fentiman said. "It's just going to take a lot of hard work and perseverance." Small farms conference features 21 workshops Registration has opened for the 12th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference on Feb. 25 at Oregon State University. Kristin Kimball will open the daylong event with a talk about Essex Farm, which she and her husband mn in New York. She'll discuss the evolution of their farm, the advantages and disadvantages of scaling up and the importance of holding on to a clear vision in the face of rapid change. Kimball, a graduate of Harvard University, is the author of "The Dirty Life," a memoir about her first year farming after abandoning a career as a writer in New York City. The conference will feature 21 workshops on topics that include: Harvesting rainwater; market- ing meat products; extending the growing season into winter; devel- oping a farm business plan; attract- ing customers to farmers markets; writing about farming; using per- maculture on farms; grafting vege- tables to reduce soil-borne diseases and improve vigor and yield; sell- ing products to schools and health care facilities; organizing dinner events on farms; legislation affect- ing small farmers who sell condi- ments at farmers markets; advocacy plans for reforming Oregon's land- use policies to favor agricultural producers; resources for financing farms. The event, one of the flagship educational offerings of the OSU Extension Service's Small Farms Program, is geared toward farmers, agriculture professionals, food poli- cy advocates and managers of farm- ers markets. Speakers will include farmers, OSU faculty and repre- sentatives from the Oregon Depart- ment of Agriculture and the Oregon Farmers' Markets Association. The cost, which includes lunch, is $45 per person or $80 for two people from the same farm or organization through Feb. 15. It. rises to $50 per individual on Feb. 16, and will be $55 at the door. The conference will take place at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus. To register, go to http://smallfarms. oregonstate.edu/2012SFC. OUR MO,_ST POPLILAK! Meat Lovers Ome et incJuctes Hashbrowns, // Toast b Coee i Men-Thursday 7am -2:30pm Fri - Sun 6am - 2:30pm Limit 1 coupon per table i t i i i i i i i i i i i HEALTHY ,__,,oo. PIZZA (541)367-5353 1323 Main Street Ask for thin crust and light cheese Large Vegi $9.99 Take and $1.00 to bake FIGARO'S Limit 3. 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