Tickets from Eagle Point Police will cost more

Getting a ticket from an Eagle Point Police Officer will cost more but you will also be a contributor to assuring the city has a source to replace its safety equipment needs.

Currently there is no fund for traffic safety related equipment, whether it is a mobile data computer, a radar unit or a vehicle. While as with most funds, it takes time to build the fund, it will eventually have the resources necessary for  those unanticipated needs. And to that end, there will be an additional $20 fine for every violation cited into the Eagle Point Municipal Court.

Chief John Meeker believes this could produce as much as $10,000 annually in additional revenue, if fines are paid.

The vote was 4-1 with councilor Pat Jacobson voting “no,” later saying she would like a more equitable method. Mayor Leon Sherman and Mike Parker were absent. 

The council also agreed to participate in a 2010 Community Performance Plan from Pacific Power.  The plan will be reviewed at the end of a year to see if the utility has provided the service outlined, which includes:
•Identify available energy efficiency program resources and financing incentives.
•Provide updates on company financials and how that impacts rate activity.
• Proactively discuss policy issues impacting the electric utility industry.
• Review planned capital improvements and significant maintenance activities.
• Provide information associated with the Business Solutions Tool Kit and other internet resources.
• Propose a Blue Sky Community Challenge, if applicable.

The council was provided a 1992 water curtailment plan, a copy of which was given public works and police, should the lack of water become an issue this season. This will offer a “heads up” on procedure and policy should such be needed.

City Administrator Dave Hussell is a member of the board of directors of SOREDI and provided several documents on Oregon’s status with regard to taxes and income. The information was developed By Business Oregon out of Salem.

According to Business Oregon data, “before Measure 67 the 20-employee company would have paid $825 in Oregon corporate income tax. With Measure 67, the firm would pay $2,000, an increase of $1,175. Before Measure 67, the 200-employee company would have paid $52,800 in Oregon corporate income tax. With Measure 67 in place, the firm would pay $59,950, an increase of $7,150.”

Business Oregon went on to compare costs in Oregon with those of California and Washington in energy, employee gross payroll, social insurance, corporate income and other taxes, yearly property tax, yearly tax on current purchases and taxes on capital purchases. For the 20 employee firm as well as the 200 employee firm.

Bottom line cost comparatives: 20 employees- Oregon- $1,208,929; California-$1,768,474 and Washington- $2,323,177. For the larger firm California was $5.7 million more than Oregon and Washington was $1.1 million more.

For more information contact SOREDI or ask Hussell to show you the charts.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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