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Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley told council at a recent meeting that income tax collections were down by 16 percent, or $250,000, for the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter last year.

“I wanted to give a little heads up on revenue as we get through the first quarter of the year. It’s been clear that many of our neighbors are facing revenue challenges. The city to the south of us has had more challenges than we have. Oregon is not immune to that,” said Beazley, referring to Northwood, which has been cutting its budget and personnel in the last two years due to a reduction of income tax collections.

“We are fortunate that we’ve built up a very responsible and healthy reserve in recent years,” he said. “But our revenue to date for the first quarter is coming in at a slower pace than at any time in the last several years. Even the less volatile sections, like payroll withholding, which is kind of the steadiest historically, is coming in at a considerably lower rate. This is just something that we have to be aware of as we look forward.”

The city, he added, has a considerable reserve built up over the years to be used in emergencies or during recessions.

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Sunshine, aka North Forty Suny Z, is a 14-year-old solid Paint mare that is the namesake for a network of individuals out to save horses that are victims of physical, emotional, or financial hardship.

The Sunshine Equine Volunteer Network recently originated with a small group of local horse owners. They are an organized network offering short-term assistance to Ottawa County horse owners who are no longer able to provide care.

Their goal is to avoid the possibility of starvation, death, and lack of care for horses when their owners have no other options.

Network co-founder Mary Ebel said a lot of horse owners won’t give up their horses, even though they may not be able to properly care for them anymore because of health, financial, or other reasons.

“It is widespread,” said Ebel. “Every horse magazine that we pick up there is something in there about horses being turned loose because people can’t afford to support them anymore. I mean, that’s a widespread problem, and then again we have people who are keeping their horses and they aren’t able to feed them or take care of them.”

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Separation of church and state may be the reason courts are eliminating prayer

in schools, but local athletic rivals are choosing to find time for prayer after games.

“There is a great story of how God has been closed off to the schools,” said Fellowship of Christian Athletes Northwest Ohio campus director Matt Medina.

“The total foundation of the school system has been found by Christianity and God, and all of a sudden since I was in school it sorted started to phase away. All of a sudden, we’ve got this great group of kids that just want to help bring prayer back into the sports,”

Genoa and Eastwood teams have huddled at mid-court, mid-field, or what have you, after every varsity football and basketball game. They did it again Wednesday night after a baseball game.

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A study that includes cost estimates for linking water distribution systems in Ottawa and Wood counties is on the agenda of the April 19 committee-of-the-whole meeting of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District.

The district commissioned Poggemeyer Design Group for the study.

Jerry Greiner, executive director of the district, said it examines several possible routes for extending waterlines from Ottawa County to lines under the district’s jurisdiction.

The Ottawa County system currently reaches as far west as the Brush Wellman plant near the Village of Elmore.

“Where any new lines would be installed could depend on where there is interest on the part of municipalities in the county,” Greiner said. “We want to find out who is interested in linking up. There are right-of-way and easement issues that also have to be addressed.”

One option that’s been discussed informally is for Ottawa County to bring a line to the counties’ border along Fostoria Road where Wood County already has lines

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District purchases water from the cities of Toledo and Oregon and serves about 20,000 customers.

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Eastwood school officials plan to cut spending next year by $500,000 and another $700,000 for the 2011-12 school year to meet anticipated losses of state revenue, Superintendent Brent Welker has warned district residents.

His words became even more prophetic after State Representative Randy Gardner issued a memo recently  to area school superintendents that include dire funding scenarios in state aid.

Rep. Gardner projects major cuts in state aid unless a major tax increase is enacted, significant new gambling revenues are realized, or the federal government provides even more stimulus money.

The projections in Rep. Gardner’s memo came as little surprise to Welker, who notes in his district newsletter that he and the Eastwood board have been expecting a 10 percent or so reduction in state funding for Eastwood for the 2011-12 school year.

“This will equate to roughly $600,000,” he writes. “I have also stated that in a worst case scenario, we can expect an additional 10 percent reduction for 2012-13. With the loss of Troy Energy funds after 2013, the overall impact to our revenues will be between $1.2 and $1.8 million per year over our current expenses.”

Gardner’s memo says area schools are likely to see cuts in state funding of between 22.7 percent and 30.1 percent in the budget that will go into effect July, 2011 unless the tax increase, gambling revenue, or stimulus funding scenarios happen.

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$15 Hourly wage

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