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11  _ra - May 9, 2012 " POuR COMMUNITY Page 7 1 Schools From page 5 was wrong, he learned that the stu- dent's father had cut off his Visa card. The student was ticked off. "That is the culture of that school," Sprenger said, while tim- ber districts are "sucking wind." The funding is supposed to be equal. "We need to look at the for- mula," Sprenger said. One of the things she says she learned when she went to Salem, though, is that the subject is not partisan, but it is taboo. When the legislature looks at it, districts and their representa- tives start worrying about losing funding, and they push back. Barnhart is co-chairman of the Revenue Committee, which is re- sponsible for the formula. "I've been looking at that ma- terial for the purpose of a review of the school funding formula," Barn- hart said. "We haven't done that in awhile, and it is time to get it done. We're going to be working on it anyway. We have decided we're going to do a review of the issues and how that formula works. These suggestions he (Strong) has made are very very timely." The next session is in 2013, so it won't affect the next school year, Barnhart said. Sprenger and Barnhart also addressed funding for the Voter- ans Home in Lebanon and cougar issues. Cougars Sprenger has been attempting to pass a bill to allow cougar hunt- ing with dogs in certai-n areas as a pilot project addressing growing cougar populations, which have increased the frequency of sight- ings around Sweet Home within the past couple of years, including a sighting by a police officer on Main Street and a school vehicle hitting a cougar last winter. Livestock owners are dealing with increasing numbers of attacks on their stock as well. Strong, representing the School District's interest in stu- dent safety, "absolutely hit a home run" testifying in favor of the bill last year, but it has yet to get out of committee. In addition, Mike Martell of Sweet Home noted that govern- ment trappers are using dogs to hunt the cougars anyway, while sport hunters are banned from us- ing dogs, and taxpayers are on the hook for the cost. Voters banned hunters from using dogs to hunt cougars in 1994. "We are hunting cougars with dogs in this state," Sprenger siad. "We're just paying for it with tax dollars." "They didn't vote to take it from the public and give it to the federal government," Martell said. Sprenger promised to continue trying to find a solution to deal with the growing cougar population, which is encroaching on urban ar- eas, like Sweet Home. "The biggest hangup in hunt- ing, is the anti-hunting people and environmentalists," Sprenger said. "The main thing to be aware of with the cougar hunting is this is an issue the people voted on," Barnhart said. The legislature is re- luctant to act contrary to the voters' decision. "I think it's really important for us to figure out how to man- age the cougar population so we don't have cougars mixing in with towns and kids," Barnhart said. He is not an expert on the issue, but he would consider a plan to deal with cougars, which are an important part of the ecosystem. "It's also important that they be in their place, not ours," Barn- hart said. Veterans Home Sprenger vowed to ask the leg- islature for funding to help pay for the new Veterans Home to be con- structed in Lebanon. Linn County voters passed a local option levy to pay the coun- ty's $10 million stake in the home, Sprenger said. "My husband and I are two of those that said, 'Tax us.' I think it's great for Lebanon (and Linn County), but more important than that, it's a good thing for the veterans. That's enough reason to do it right here." Lebanon was number one in the site selection process, Sprenger said. The state required the com- munity come up with $10 million, and Linn County said, "tax us. We'll do it." But the state chose to build Photo by Sean C. Morgan Sherrie Sprenger, right, talks with Mike Marteli during her visit to Sweet Home. a second home in Roseburg, she said. Douglas County went to the legislature and asked for funding in the 2011 session, and the legis- lature awarded the county Oregon Lottery funds to cover its share of the construction costs. Douglas County had a co-speaker of the house and a Republican whip look- ing for the funding. Sprenger said the Roseburg community did come up with some of the resources for its home. "Linn County's saying, that's not fair," Sprenger said. "I would agree." This year, Sprenger and Andy Olson, R-Albany, tried to get fund- ing to repb, ce Linn County's local option levy. "We didn't get that money," Sprenger said. "We will continue to work for it. "We can argue where the ion- ey comes from till the cows come home, but the vets win." Barnhart said he recently dis- cussed this issue with Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist. "I tried to raise the issue in the short session (this year) and wasn't able to get anywhere with it," Barnhart said. He certainly will raise the issue again. "If the state's going to pay for one, it should pay for the other one too." ll Youth From page 6 ers, 300 4th Ave SW or at P.O. Box 100, Albany OR, 97321, from May 1 through SepL 14. Participating employers will have until Nov. 15 to submit a re- quest for reimbursement of payroll costs, with payment occuring within 30 days of receipt of the request. For further information contact the Linn County Board of Commis- sioners' Office, Linn County Court- house P.O. Box 100, Albany Oregon 97321, or call (541) 967=3825. BRING MOM OUT TO DANCE TO CLASSIC ROCK AT ITS BEST MAX I zTH 'THE crazss Rocou No Cover and Rides Home Available 6099 HIGHWAY 20. (541) 367"4149 ALWAYS REMEMBER T0 DRINK RESPONSIBLY ..... 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