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Page 2 Vc t JNITV ~]~ " ra - October 17, 2012 Tnr . NLw ERA ON TIIE ROAD I Family fun in Seattle The New Era went with the Rich Black family on a trip to Seattle. Here are Faith and Chris- tian Black in front of Seattle's newest attraction, the Great Wheel, located on Seattle's Pier 57. They were there on a "last getaway of summer" trip with parents Rich and Katie Black before Faith entered her freshman year at Sweet Home High School and Chris- tian started sixth grade at Halley School. I get a landmark, and (god quality, please) with appro explana- tory in on to The New Era, EO. Box 39, Sweet Home, OR 97386, drop it by our office att313 Main St or e-mail it to news@ swee ews.com. We'll publish it as soon SUDOKU KEY Today's puzzle is on Page 19 r ndude a phone num erin case need I !act ITS DEC SCR HO TEL EY || AWA -6s EV I D E 49263 ~3572 1648 i4817 7326 2195 !5934 8451 6789 57 16 95 32 41 83 78 69 24 8~1 3 'i 5 4 7 1 GOl R IIflg5 liP? Call (541) 367-2135 From page 1 swimming pool. Overall compression increased from 31 percent to 33 percent inside the Sweet Home city limits, said city Finance Director Pat Gray. Taxes that are not imposed because of limitations on property taxes are called "compression." The limits are $10 per $1,000 of real market Valuation for general government and $5 per $1,000 of real market valuation for OBITUARIES Death Notices Mary L. Eckles, 86, of Sweet Home died Oct. 15, 2012. Services will be at a later date. Sweet Home Funeral Cha- pel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.sweethomefuneral.com. Edward Lovato, 66, of Sweet Home died Oct. 14, 2012. Sweet Home Funeral Cha- pel is handling arrangements. For updated information, visit www. sweethomefuneral.com. education. The combined tax rate for property owners in the city of Sweet Home is $22.8035 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the highest rate in Linn County. That tax rate is applied to assessed value. The resulting tax is then compared to the real market value of a property and must be less than a combined $15 per $1,000. Any taxes higher than the limits are not levied. Albany has a combined tax rate of $19.0587 per $1,000, while Lebanon has a combined rate of $21.7228 per $1,000. Combined rates around Sweet Home range from about $12 to $20 per $1,000, with most at less than $13 per $1,000. Inside the city limits, the police levy will receive nearly $9,500 more than the budgeted figure of nearly $1.4 million. The library levy will receive $1,200 more on a $177,000 budget; and the city's general fund will receive about $18,000 more on a $467,000 budget. Real market values for real property in Sweet Home declined from $413 million to $404 million. Personal property values decreased from $8.2 million to $8.15 million. Manufactured structures decreased from $8.4 million to $7.9 million. The total overall value of Sweet Sweet Home Alumni Foundation oresents: Sweet Home's Good Old Days (Book IV) A Collection of Old Schools & Their Stories Written by Mona Waibel $25 - proceeds support college scholarships for Sweet Home graduates. I Purchase yours at these local businesses: The New Era, East ] Linn Museum, Foster Lake Mall or the Genealogy Library. Watch for SH Good Old Days Book V cam ng soon Home is $446.3 million, UP from $446 million. Utility property values, including property owned by Pacific Power, CenturyLink, Northwest Natural and Comcast, increased from $15 million to $26.4 million, offsetting decreases the city could have seen in tax revenues. "We're not going backwards," Gray said. "We're happy to hold steady. We're still going to be conservative. We're still not-going to spend anything we don't have to." Gray doesn't anticipate seeing utility property values increasing again next year though, she said. Last year, when property tax information was released by the county, city officials had to scramble to backfill the Police Department budget when property values and tax revenues declined. This year, compression was below budgeted parameters. The police levy is compressed by $803,000, while the library levy is compressed by $103,000. The School District will receive an estimated $101,000 to $104,000 from the swimming pool local option levy. The district had budgeted $90,000 from the levy approved by voters in May. The additional revenue will help pay for pool expenses. The district had budgeted $125,000 for operational costs, which-does not include utility and maintenance Costs because they are shared with the rest of the district's operations. The district had expected to help pay for the pool, saidBusiness Manager Kevin Strong. If the pool had closed, the district would still have incurred costs to maintain the mothballed pool; . "By receiving additional funding from the local option levy, it will reduce the funds the district will have to contribute," Strong said. "We appreciate the community's support to keep the swimming poolopen." Photos by Sean C. Morgan Big bloom If that's not the tallest sunflower in Sweet Home, it's close: The mon- ster-plant is shown with its grower, George Hagar, in a flowerbed at Linn Haven Apartments at the in- terseetion of Long and 23rd streets. It's one of several of the huge flow- ers, including a couple we've spot- ted on 5th Avenue and on North River Road. "I love to garden, but : this is all the room I have here," Hagar said. He has lived therefor about two years, and this is his first sunflower. He estimates the height at about i2 feet.