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Oregon City Council last month approved the 2016 municipal budget with a General Fund total of $20,843,868.

Income tax revenue this year is projected to be “substantially higher” than the income tax revenue collected last year, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley.

“For 2015, we projected an approximate 3 percent income tax growth over 2014 budgeted revenues. Even with a weak December, we will comfortably exceed the income tax revenue estimate,” said Beazley, adding that it is over $21 million.

“The work scheduled at our major industrial employers and the ongoing construction at Oregon Clean Energy should keep income tax revenue strong through 2017. Due to the unknowns associated with the changes in the tax code, I believe a more conservative estimate is the responsible course of action at this time,” he said.

Pay raises for patrol officers in the Lake Township Police Department were approved Tuesday by the township trustees as part of a new three-year contract.

The raises of 2.5 percent went into effect Jan. 1 and will continue each year of the contract that expires Dec. 31, 2018.

Under the agreement, which covers corporals and full and part-time patrol officers, the employee share of monthly health care premiums will increase to 15 per cent. Under the former contract, the employee share began at 10 percent and rose to 12 and 14 percent.

Is there support in Lake Township for the Community Care-A-Van service that provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical-related appointments?

The township trustees Tuesday heard a brief presentation from Sue Hart-Douglas, a member of Walbridge Village Council, who asked them to consider supporting the van service and the Active Older Adults program at the Eastern Community YMCA.

Richard Welling, a township trustee, said after the meeting he may prepare a resolution for the board of trustees to consider at its Jan. 19 meeting.

Flint, Michigan residents have been under siege since last year when high levels of lead were found in their drinking water, which was drawn from the Flint River.

The city, which switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as a drinking water source to cut costs, reconnected to the Detroit water system last year after it was determined that the corrosive river water was drawing lead from aging pipes.

Just last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint due to the lead in the drinking water.

At an Oregon City Council meeting last month, Councilwoman Sandy Bihn asked the city administration about the condition of Oregon’s waterlines.

As Dr. Larry M. Antosch stepped up the microphone at an environmental forum, he first quoted from Ohio Farm Bureau testimony to state legislators:

“…Clean water cannot come at the expense of food production, nor can farming trump the need for clean water. Fortunately, we can have both. One is not exclusive of the other…”

Dr. Antosch, the OFB senior director for policy development and environmental policy, says that statewide, farmers are taking on, voluntarily and collaboratively, programs that will help reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. He says agribusiness associations are getting the message out to the farming community on how to meet new requirements set by Senate Bills 1 and 150, both enacted in 2015.

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