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Oregon council passes conservative 2011 budget
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 15:53

Oregon council last Monday passed a budget for next year that is among the smallest ever due to the lingering economic recession.

Administrator Mike Beazley said there were three hearings on the budget in the last few weeks.

“The greatest challenge that Oregon faces is that our revenue has declined,” said Beazley. “This will be the smallest budget passed by the City of Oregon in the last five years. I can’t find a time, going back through the records, that we passed a budget that was smaller than the previous five years.”

The budget also forecasts the smallest revenue that will be collected by the city in the last six years, he said.

“Our budget is smaller and our revenue has declined,” he said.

 
Tips to avoid fire hazards during the holidays
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 16:05

Following two deaths in Oregon in the past few weeks due to accidental fires, Oregon Fire Chief Ed Ellis is urging the public to exercise caution during the holidays to prevent further tragedies from occurring.

“Fire safety is something that the public needs to be reminded of constantly,” said Ellis.

Paul Mullen, assistant fire chief, said this season seems to be worse than in previous years.

“It runs in spurts. Unfortunately, we lost a child a few weeks ago because of a fire caused by a burning candle. It makes people a little more tense,” he said.

Among the threats at this time of year are decorative lighting, live Christmas trees, burning candles, and unattended children.

“Everything together is one big problem,” said Mullen.

Recommendations to avoid fire hazards include the following:

 
Genoa readies 2011 budget
Written by Cynthia L. Jacoby   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 16:00

Genoa Village Council reviewed its 2011 temporary budget for a second time Dec. 20 and then approved it, the village administrator said.

The budget, set for slightly more than $8 million to fund operations for the western Ottawa County village, was on council’s regular session agenda, where it was passed as an emergency measure.

There are no major new expenses in it and council has until early 2011 to pass the permanent budget, according to Garth Adams, administrator.

Mayor Mark Williams agreed.

Last year, the village leaders worked with staff to pinpoint priorities and keep the budget in check in a volatile economy, he noted.

“As far as the budget is concerned, we are in pretty good shape,” he said regarding 2011 projections. “The finance committee has worked hard and we are just trying to make it as efficient as we can. There is nothing dramatic or anything outrageous. We are just trying to make sure everything is covered.”

 

 
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