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11, , ra - April 25, 2012 VouR COMMUNITV Page 7 m Budget From page 1 $75,000, and wastewater is decreas- ing by $262,000. The library is increasing its bud- get by $54,000, and the street fund is increasing by $445,000: The 2012-13 budget includes $7.4 million in capital improvements, $6 million as part of the fourth phase of the city's inflow and infiltration reduction project. Inflow and infil- tration is storm water that enters the sewer system through deteriorating pipes and cross connections with storm drains. During heavy rain, it can cause the Wastewater Treatment Plant to bypass untreated wastewa- ter, and the Department of Environ- mental Quality is requiring the city to reduce I&I. The Budget Committee will discuss the details of each of these funds during a series of meetings during the next couple of weeks. Revenues are being affected by a $1.7 million decrease in property values and an additional $321,000 in compression losses, created by property tax limitations, equal to the compression losses of 2011-12. Revenues from franchise fees, court fees, state shared taxes and rental property are expected to in- crease by about $81,000. The budget includes no increas- es in water rates, while increases in wastewater rates are proposed. "Estimated compression losses are based upon actual reductions, which occurred in 2011-12 in the hopes of avoiding any further spend- ing cuts due to revenue shortfalls," Martin said. "Should more tax rev- enue than is estimated be realized, a supplemental budget could restore funding to impacted services and programs." When the city learned of un- anticipated compression losses in October, the City Council held an emergency meeting and ,diverted fund intended for the city s Build- ing Reserve Fund to the pollce and library funds to help avoid poten- tially catastrophic--cuts in police and library levies, Martin said. The cur- Town From page 1 Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels, also known as Your Table or Ours, offers lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fri- days. Suggested donation is $3.50. The lunch menu on Friday, April 27, is egg salad or chicken salad sandwich half on wheat bread, split pea soup, pineapple slaw and mint frosted white cake. The menu for Monday, April 30, is turkey divan bake or beef to- mato macaroni, whole kernel corn, lime perfection salad, French roll and pears. The menu for Tuesday, May 1, is chicken tetrazzini or sausage mushroom strata, cut green beans, Matin spring garden salad, sun- flower seed roll and peaches. For more information, call (541) 367-8843. rent budget reflects those decreases, and the proposed 2012-13 budget is lower than actual 2010-11 levels. The losses were primarily due to the foreclosure of some 380 acres of former Western States Land Reli- ance Trust property, Martin said. The proposed budget assumes a protracted and relatively fiat eco- nomic recovery, Martin said. "As a result, property taxes and fees related to city services are not projected to increase. Rather we may anticipate many of them to continue deelin- ing. In response to these declines, city staff has been resilient by being creative and dedicated to continuing providing quality services in spite of significantly reduced resources. Our past saving efforts have helped us weather the early impacts of this eco- nomic storm, but we are quickly ex- hausting our cash reserves and may have to look further to these reserves as well as additional reductions in fu- ture years to keep us afloat." The Budget Committee elected Chuck Begley to serve as chairman. Begley was vice chairman last year. Gerritt Schaffer was elected vice chairman. The Budget Committee includes councilors Marybeth Angulo, Jim Gourley, Mike Hall, Scott McKee Jr., Greg Mahler and Run Rodgers; Mayor Craig Fentiman; and citizen members Andrew Allen, Begley, Stephanie Boccardo, Bruce Hobbs, Greg Korn, Schaffer and Dave Trask. The committee will meet May 1-4 at 6:30 p.m. to review budget details. Photo by Sierra Swanson Members of Sound Check 49, Sweet Home High School's chamber choir, perform April 13 during A Little Night Music, a concert and dessert fund- raiser held in the school cafeteria. Below, Director Pat Johnson leads the Symphonic Band. Photo by Emily Thompson Foster Dam Road to close for 3 weeks offish tests Fish passage tests at Fos- ter Dam will close Foster Dam Road during the day and restrict traffic to one lane at night. Foster Dam Road will be closed entirely from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and restricted to one lane from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily from Monday, April 30, through May 24. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting the tests to estimate the direct sur- vival and injury rates of juve- nile salmon and adult and juve- nile steelhead passing through the Foster Dam spillway fish weir and powerhouse turbine units at specific reservoir water levels. The tests are part of the Corps' efforts to reduce effects on Upper Willamette River fish species listed under the Endan- gered Species Act. Visit http://www.nLp. usace.army.mil/enviromnent/ and click the "Wil- lamette River fish" tab under "Fish stewardship" for more information. 'I ; C-H] C-K-E h-sTr PuP C bMB (), LIVE.. 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