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Wednesday, December 30, 2009, The Sun 3 By Kate Rowland egon business taxes, worked hard and we've never Correspondent, The Sun C corporations will pay a 1.3 had to cut days yet, but it could percent increase in the profits happen. Ballots for the Jan. 26 Spe- tax on profits above $250,000. "We'd go program by pro- cial Election will be arriving in In 2013 the tax decreases and a gram and think about what to do. mailboxes shortly, and propo- 1 percent increase will remain We may mix grade levels. We nents of Measures 66 and 67 and only applied to profits may cut teachers. We have no say that passage is necessary for above $10 million, set plans on what we would cut." the state to adequately fund For C corporations, the cor- Grauer said the board of schools, and social and public porate minimum income tax education has done a great job services, will be about one-tenth of one of making sure the district has Voter approval of both mea- percent of total sales inside Or- a cash carryover. sures would raise about $1 bil- egon. C corporations will pay ''We also have staffwho are lion to help severely under- either the new minimum or the willing to write grants," she funded schools and services, profits tax, never both.said. "Those things take a lot Both measures target the Policy-makers have corn-of pressure off." state's wealthier taxpayers, plained in the past that ballot Willamina School District Measure 66 would increase measures are a bad way to gov- plans to wait until after the elec- Oregon's 9 percent income tax em because voters aren't able tion and see whatlaappens, said to 10.8 percent for individuals to fully understand the complex Superintendent Mark Jeffery. making $125,000 and house- issues before them. "Our hope is that we can holds with a $250,000-plus in- Sheridan School Districtfind other ways to absorb cuts come. Superintendent AJ Grauer said if the measures fail," he said. Individuals earning more it's unfortunate that the Legis- "But I can't guarantee there than $250,000 and households lature didn't completely ad- won't be cuts. earning more than $500,000 dress its budget balancing while "The state will tell us what would see their state income tax in session, funding we can expect for the rate climb to 1 lpercent. "It's too bad this is being next school year in the March Measure 67 would raise the placed on the shoulders of estimate. Our budget could be state's corporate minimum tax school districts instead," cut $300,000 to $400,000 if from $10, set in 1931, to $150 Grauer said. It's too bad citizens Measures 66 and 67 fail," forthemajority of Oregonbusi- have to make these decisions." Jeffery continued. nesses. If voters fail to uphold the Whether the measures are The rest of the measure's Legislature's tax increases the likely to pass depends on who fmeprintis a bit more complex. Sheridan school district could you're talking to, Jeffery said. Partnerships, LLCs, LLPs, lose about $450,000 to 'q ax measures are histori- and .S-corps--the corporate $500,000 in state tax revenues cally tough to pass in Oregon," forms of most smallbusinesses for the 2010-11 school year, he said, "but since these mea- --will pay a fiat $150 corpo- Grauer said. sures tax under special circum- rate minimum, regardless of in- If that happens, the district stances, they may pass. come or profit, may have to cut school days or "It's a hard one to call. We're Small businesses with sales terminate teaching positions, hopeful it will pass." less than $500,000 will also pay ''We're hoping we can ab- $150. Sole proprietorships will sorb the worst-case scenario," Contact Kate Rowland at continue to pay nothing in or- she said. "This community has krowlandstayton@gmail.com. IN FRONT OF A PACKED HOUSE Photo by Clinton VInlng Willamina Elementary School students sing during this year's winter concert in the school gymnasium earlier this month. Cars were parked all the way down the hill and hundreds of parents, friends and family members crowded the gym to get a glimpse of the young singers. Sheridan sh; water when rural district springs Continued from PAGE 1 dences, covers 50 square miles water from wells and other pri- allowed an emergency hookup. A message was placed on the Buell-Red Prairie Water Dis- trict answering machine in- forming customers of the prob- lem and advising them to boil their water. Unfortunately not everyone called and got that message. Some customers said they were never notified of the recom- mendation to boil their water. "They are not real good about communicating with their cus- tomers," said Kathy Berrier, one of the people living along Savage Road. Advising the water users to boil their water was merely a precaution, explained Lyon. Even when the line slipped out of joint the system was able to maintain positive pressure and no bad water entered the lines, he said. With leaks in the rural wa- ter district's lines, the City of Sheridan did not take a chance of contaminating its own water system. When it hooked up the emergency connection it in- stalled a backflow device to protect the city's water system from pollutants, the city man- ager said in a report to the coun- cil. Water was pumped into the Buell-Red Prairie system at a slow rate, and usage was moni- tored by the city to ensure an adequate supply for its own customers and for fire protec- tion, Sheridan said. The Buell-Red Prairie Wa- ter District serves 300 rural resi- and has 35 miles of line to vate water sources while oth- maintain, said Lyon. With the ers relied on friends and rela- water supply system of a small tives in town for a place to city and one-tenth of the shower or filljugs and buckets. ratepayers, the water it provides Bottled water--if not already is expensive, he added, on the shopping list--was During the water outage added by a number of the rural some rural residents pumped residents. Brownies Sheridan land three kids in trouble One student from Faul- turned around and gave the po- coner-Chapman School ended tent baked goods to another up at the hospital and three ju- person. One of the four students veniles were charged with reacted to the marijuana--a drug-related crirnes when a stu- strong type of the drug-- and dent. brought marijuana-laced was transported to the hospital. brownies to school just before Two students were charged Christmas vacation, with the distribution of marl- According to Sgt. Russ juana, another with possession Vandewettering of the Yamhill of marijuana and one juvenile County Sheriff's Office one was booked for a violation of a student brought the brownies to release agreement. Investiga- school and gave them to three tion into the incident is ongo- friends. One of those kids ing. Sawyer Stanlee Orton, 9 lbs. 2 ozs., son of Stan and Tonya Orton, Sheridan, was born Dec. 2 in Salem. He joins three big sisters. Maternal grandparents are Nick and Shirley Lockwood of Grand Ronde. Paternal grandparents are Stan and Sandy Orton of Independence. Born at Willamette Valley Medical Center, McMinnville: Brayden William Chamberlain, 7 lbs. 12 ozs., son of Cynthia Crowe and William Chamberlain, Sheridan, Dec. 15. Presley Malea Elizabeth Savage, 6 lbs. 9 ozs., daughter of Janelle Justen and Bradley Savage, Grand Ronde, Dec. 18. Birth announcements may be submitted to The Sun by calling 503-843-2312, ext. 204 or sending a FAX to 503-843-3830. Our email address is news@sheridansun.com 9 P , , 9 C 9 B re you go to any or gathering where alcohol is in l d, er arrangemen to get home fely, Davison Sheridan Bill's Auto Parts Market 317 S. Bridge St., Sheridan836 E. Main, Sheridan 503-843-2211 503-843-4130 1717 NE Baker, McMinnville 503-472-6114 Sheridan Fire District City of Willamina 411 NE C Street, Willamina 503-876-2242 City of Sheridan 120 SW Mill Street, Sheridan 503-843-2347 Northwest Logging Supply, Inc. 2330 Stratus Ave., McMinnville 503-472-4115 Meisel Rock Products 3885 NE Riverside Dr., McMinnville 503-472-2109 230 SW Mill Street, Sheridan 503-843-2467 Bert's Family Restaurant 165 Orchard Dr., Dallas 503-623-8585 West Valley Fire District 825 E. Main St., Willamina 503-876-2004 McMinnville Martial Arts 440 Hwy. 99W, McMinnville 503-434-2707 macmartialarts.com Oriole Adult Foster Home 2718 NWPinot Noir Dr., McMinnville 503-472-1148 Grand Ronde Water Association 26690 Hwy. 18, Grand Ronde 503-879-5624 G & M Insurance Dennis Ulrich, Owner 451 NE Main St., Willamina 503-876-4222 West Valley Veterinary Hospital 711 W. Main, Sheridan 503-843-4011 Petroleum Energy Products 241 NE C St., Willamina 503-876-3282 Sheridan Select 135 S. Bridge, sheridan 503-843-3374 Boise Hwy. 18B, Willamina 503-876-2221 Erickson's Auto Parts 509 E. 3rd, Lafayette 503-864-2241 OK Towing 23100 Schatz Rd., Sheridan 503-843-5115 Stuck Electric Co., Inc. 147 W. Main, Sheridan 503-843-2322 J & R Surveyors 322 Main St., Dallas 503-623-4003 The Sun Publishing & Printing 136 E. Main, Sheridan 503-843-2312