Commissioners mull possible loss of funds.Byline: COUNTY BEAT By Matt Cooper Matt Cooper may refer to:
Fifty-fifty, at least.
Those are the latest odds on Uncle Sam Uncle Sam, name used to designate the U.S. government. The term arose in the War of 1812 and seems at first to have been used derisively by those opposed to the war. Possibly it was an expansion of the letters "U.S. agreeing to continue kicking in some or all of the $50 million annually that the federal government historically has given Lane County in lieu of Instead of; in place of; in substitution of. It does not mean in addition to. logging receipts on federal timberland.
Tony Bieda, the county's intergovernmental in·ter·gov·ern·men·tal
Being or occurring between two or more governments or divisions of a government.
in relations manager, handicapped the chances during a commissioners' meeting this week.
If the payments end this year, it means the loss of $20 million annually for county general-fund spending (the rest of the federal money goes to schools, roads and federal projects). Such a cut in the general fund would drastically change how much voters might be asked to pay in income taxes for public safety later this year.
Commissioners have appeared to strike an increasingly anxious chord about the chances for the federal money. But Bieda - who is close to the action in Washington, D.C. - said long-standing Congressional commitments give the county leverage "to hold their feet to the fire."
Officials will know more when President Bush releases his budget proposal early in February. They'll also make the rounds in D.C. during the annual trip at the end of the month.
Bieda cautioned, however, that things may not come to a head until the end of the year.
Steering the bus
The man chosen to steer Lane Transit District A transit district or transit authority is a special-purpose district organized as either a corporation chartered by statute, or a government agency, created for the purpose of providing public transportation within a specific region. through the coming months also wants the long-term job.
Mark Pangborn, interim general manager, said Thursday that he wants to be LTD's next general manager, when the board eventually replaces General Manager Ken Hamm, who resigns today.
"Lane Transit District provides an absolutely critical service to the community, and we have some very important initiatives we're working on," said Pangborn, a 23-year employee. "With my years of experience, I can contribute to that process." His challenges include helping a high-speed bus service get off the ground in December.
On Feb. 15, the board will discuss the search for a new general manager.
What's in a name?
Never underestimate the power of words.
Officials with the Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority went before commissioners this week on their plans to make a seemingly minor change and rename Re`name´
v. t. 1. To give a new name to.
Verb 1. rename - assign a new name to; "Many streets in the former East Germany were renamed in 1990" themselves "Lane Regional Air Protection Agency."
Seems it's better to stress a positive - "protecting" the air - than a negative, such as "pollution." Also, interim Director Merlyn Hough n. 1. Same as Hock, a joint.
v. t. 1. Same as Hock, to hamstring.
imp. & p. p. os>
p. pr. & vb. n. os>
n. 1. An adz; a hoe.
v. t. 1. To cut with a hoe. said swapping "agency" for "authority" better describes the expanded efforts to keep air clean.
The commissioners agreed to the change, but not before board chairman Bill Dwyer cautioned LRAPA LRAPA Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (formerly Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority) not to grow overly protective, so to speak. He wants LRAPA to remain mindful mind·ful
Attentive; heedful: always mindful of family responsibilities. See Synonyms at careful.
mind of low-income people who heat with fireplaces and wood stoves, despite the pollution that these can cause.
Hough acknowledged the concern, but said the name change is meant only to reflect how LRAPA has grown - not what it wants to do next.
Presentations about the name to other LRAPA cities are planned through Feb. 13.
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