Eagle Point budget eliminates six staff, keeps SRO at EPHS

The Eagle Point Budget Committee approved a budget of $16,726,064 for the 2009-10 year. Of that figure, $2,695,510 is in the General Fund.  The General Fund services administration, finance, courts, planning, community development, building police, parks and recreation along with non-departmental services.

Some of the more significant reductions in the upcoming budget include:
   

  • Reduction of six staff members for a savings of $402.473.

   

  • Reduction in the court costs. It will be administered on a part-time
    basis and the "pay or appear" program will be eliminated. Those who do
    not pay fines will be turned over to Southern Oregon Credit.

   

  • Reduced hours for Harnish Wayside and Eagle Point Museum.

   

  • No cost of living increase is calculated for employees.

   

  • Staff car will be returned to the state and the proposed replacement police car is not budgeted.

   

  • Elimination of the city’s portion of the crossing guard’s salary.

   
New
this coming year will be an after school program at Little Butte
School. It will be run in cooperation with District 9. And, city staff
says it will be the one children’s program that they expect to end up
in the revenue column.
   
Some projects for the coming year are expected to include:
   

  • Design for Lucas Park (comes from Parks System Development Charges
    which can only be used for specific items such as capital improvements
    and planning for them).

   

  • Street improvements- Main and Royal intersection was previously
    approved and is out for bids; overlay on Main Street from Royal to
    Buchanan. This is part of the federal stimulus money. Painting of
    bridge 202 and paving Judge Stewart parking lot are two other items in
    the street fund.

   
A USDA Rural Development loan
previously obtained is expected to provide for a booster pump line and
for the old federal water reservoir.
   
And Eagle Point will continue to pay its share to have a  police officer (SRO) at the high school.
   
The budget is available for those wishing to look at it at city hall.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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