D9 budget meeting

School District 9 will hold their first budget meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 4 at 6 p.m. in the staff development room at the district office. This is a public meeting wherein the budget will be presented.

Crisis in Oregon budget

By Rep. Dennis RichardsonThe rumors in the State Capitol and news media this week were that the Governor had torpedoed the Legislature’s Budget Rebalance Plan and the fragile agreement between the Democrat and Republican Co-Chairs of the Ways & Means Committee was in jeopardy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Legislature has the…

Rep. Rishardson seeks your rational ideas to balance budget

By Rep. Dennis Richardson As one of three Co-Chairs of Oregon’s Joint Senate-House Ways & Means Committee, I am struggling to develop recommendations on how best to solve Oregon’s revenue short-fall and rebalance the State Budget in the upcoming February 2012 Legislative Session. “Thinning the soup” by squeezing agency budgets can only go so far….

Volunteers make golf a club sport at EPHS

Winter is almost here.  The weather has become colder.  There has been rain and even snow.  Most golfers are putting their “sticks” away.  Only the diehards continue to play here while others head south to pursue the warm weather and golf.  So why would there be an interest in golf at Eagle Point High School…

Crowd at D9 budget review on transportation

{gallery}11_15_11/occupy{/gallery}On Wednesday, Nov. 9, a group of people, estimated at approximately 100, answered the call of the Eagle Point Education Association to gather at the District- 9 school board workshop and meeting.  Outside the meeting, representatives of the association distributed stickers and pamphlets opposing contracting transportation services.  The large numbers filled the room with standing…

Predictions become reality

By Sen. Doug Whitsett (Distr. 28)For the Independent In a June 23rd e-newsletter I wrote “State income from taxes has been steadily declining for more than three years. The state economist has predicted a dramatic reversal of that three-year trend in state revenue. He now assumes that the state’s income will cease its freefall and…

Walden visited EP, listened to business leaders

{gallery}/07_19_11/walden{/gallery}Congressman Greg Walden was in Eagle Point on July 9. After a tour of Butte Creek Mill and greeting Saturday Market vendors, he met with 16 Eagle Point business  leaders and members of the Chamber of Commerce. In answer to a question about the amount of  aid given by the United States for foreign disasters…

Shady Cove revised budget includes working with county & RVSS on sewer

Aesop’s Fable The Tortoise and the Hare was meant to teach us that slow and steady wins the race. However, Shady Cove city council is finding that slow and steady is really just lost meandering in the backfield while speedy crosses the finish line and gets things done. Several issues were tackled during their June…

Two programs to assist elderly are restored

By Sen. Doug Whitsett (Distr. 28)Last week the Ways and Means General Government Subcommittee restored funding to two programs sponsored by the Department of Revenue that provide rent payment assistance to low income elderly Oregonians. Both programs had previously been eliminated in Governor Kitzhaber’s Recommended Budget. The combined programs provide critical funding for rent assistance…

Cuts at SOESD impacts Butte Falls

Butte Falls School District held their first budget meeting on May 9. Dennis Burg was elected to chair the committee. The only discussion noted in their minutes was a question about restrictions on $46,252 in state funds. Supt. Courtney said funds could only be used to avoid cutting school days, reduce class size or to…

SC administrator to attend planning sessions as needed

With spring finally here and sunny days becoming more common than anomalous, it’s tempting to shirk duty and laze in its rays. A city doesn’t run itself however, so the Shady Cove Council and Budget Committee spent an otherwise dazzling spring afternoon and evening dealing with matters of cleanliness and support, and even whether or…