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:1]  ra - September 26, 2012 VouR COMUNITV Page 15 l City From page 14 portive of these proposals, though Girod said he wasn't enthusiastic about funneling the money through the Oregon Business Development Department, which the League proposed. He acknowledged that the state has lost "a tremendous amount of business" in recent years, but blamed labor laws and the failure to use natural resources. "If we changed our labor laws and cut timber and took water out of the Columbia, then we wouldn't need the Oregon Business Devel- opment Department," he said. Sprenger said the proposals were "viable" and she noted that smaller communities like Sweet Home have more difficulty mak- ing such improvements than larger cities, where the burden is spread over a greater population. "This isn't a silver bullet. This is a red-meat-on-the-bone kind of thing," she said. Harisay said he had a problem with public money going to private business. "The money available here needfi to be redirected to lots of things - not private enterprise," he said. 9-1-1 Tax Renewal - City Councilor Greg Mahler, a volunteer firefighter for 23 years, presented a request to extend the 75-cent-per- month 9-1-1 emergency services tax, which is "the backbone of the budget that supports the planning, installation, maintenance, opera- tion and improvement of the state- wide 9-1-1 emergency reporting system." He also asked that the rate be modified "to ensure adequate resources for both the management of the system and the acquisition of the most modem technology. Mahler said the League is pro- posing that the sunset provision of the tax be removed and require that all monies derived from the tax go directly to emergency reporting services - not initially to the state's general fund, which is the case now. He also proposed rewriting the law to make sure pre-paid cell phone users and voice over Internet Protocol users, who don't currently pay the tax, are included. "I've seen it where eight to 10 calls are coming in at the same time and two dispatchers are trying to handle those calls," he said, in arguing that the 9-1-1 system needs adequate financing. "I've seen er- rors." .,Those proposals got unani- mous support from the panelists with the exception of the removal of the sunset. Sprenger, a former sheriff's deputy, and Frank both said that re- moving the sunset is a bad idea. "Sunsets are in there for the voters' protection," Frank said. Gray and Fentiman spoke up and noted that Sweet Home is in the position of being a secondary 9-1-1 system and, as such, they said, funding for such secondary systems needs to be addressed as well. Population Forecasting - Stayton City Councilman Brian Quigley proposed legislation that would provide cities with popula- tion forecasts, which are mandatory for updating their comprehensive plans, every four years and funded by the state through the Popula- tion Research Center at Portland State University. He also proposed that such processes would not be considered land use decisions and therefore would not be subject to appeal by the Land Use Board of Appeals. He said cities have difficulty getting timely county approval of their own population forecasts, which slows land use actions and results in the loss of opportunities in that area. Quigley said there would still be a challenge process if someone does not agree with the forecast, but that would be carried out by a peer review team of experts in the field, who would look at method- ology, data collection and other is- sues. Harisay, who said he moved to Oregon from another state because of rapidly encroaching develop- ment, said he likes the existing decision-making process because "the population needs time to re- spond" to land use proposals. He said he understands the urge for speed on the part of developers. "They're looking at their bot- tom line; we're looking at the con- ditions of living," he said. Frank said the issue is "really important" for cities that want to grow. Sprenger said the propos- al does not eliminate appeals. "It just says they can't start attack- ing every piece of information as soon as it's released." Pray for tile Unborn! You're invited to participate in the national Life Chain, a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individu- als standing and praying for our nation to end abortion. Sunday, Oct. 7 1:3o p.m. at Pregnancy Care Center 1344 Main St. C, Sweet Home SEE lifecbain.net for more information Be a light in a darkened world as you help put an end to abortion through prayer! HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL? 1275 Main St., Sweet Home FARMERS INSURANCE Craig Fentiman, Agent Auto Life Home Commercial 3037 Main St., Sweet Home L FREE INVESTMENT REVIEWS. Theresa A Grimes Financial Advisor 1195 Main Street Suite 1 Sweet Home, OR 97386 541-367-5155 www.edwardjones,com e,ber sec EdwardJones Shop Sweet Home First- Visit These Fine Local Businesses "Where Friends Gather" tinder New Ownership nl  "Jacke" pe" Your barber Stylist I Welcomes Walk-Ins r a  Men, Women, Children I Be Your Best j 1003 Long St., Sweet Home  Tues.- Fri. 9am- 5:30pm ,,lt Sat. 9am -4:30 Eastsiaec E!e, Cotr/c, Inc. 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