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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
Port adopts budget, bids farewell to commissioners
Last meeting for
Fulton, Raichl
‘I just want to thank the
staff for all their indulgence
over the few years.’
By EDWARD STRATTON
The Daily Astorian
Future Port of Astoria
Commissioner Dirk Rohne’s
hope for “boring but produc-
tive” meetings came one step
closer to reality Tuesday.
The last meeting of Com-
missioners Stephen Fulton and
John Raichl on the Port Com-
mission ended with a rela-
tive 25-minute whisper and
the passage of a $13.6 million
staff-recommended operating
Stephen
Fulton
John Raichl
John
Raichl
budget for the coming fiscal
year.
The Port Commission
has become defined in recent
years by Fulton and Commis-
sioner Bill Hunsinger’s with-
ering criticism of the Port
staff and Executive Director
Jim Knight. Fulton, who chal-
lenged and was defeated by
fellow Commissioner James
Campbell, was relatively quiet
in his last meeting Tuesday,
besides unsuccessfully asking
for a $250,000 contingency in
the budget. Hunsinger phoned
in briefly while commercial
fishing in Alaska, but soon
disconnected before the Port
Commission’s 4-0 vote to pass
the budget.
Knight and Port Commis-
sion President Robert Mushen
presented Fulton and Raichl
with plaques to mark their
service.
“I want to tell you both how
much I appreciate you giving
me the opportunity to be in this
position, and it’s been a great
honor and privilege for me to
be serving the Port,” Knight
said in his closing remarks to
Fulton and Raichl. “I know
there have been some conten-
tious times, but overall I know
people’s hearts are in the right
place, and that what they really
do want is the betterment of
the Port for our community.”
Fulton, who joined the Port
Commission in 2013, replac-
ing Pier 39 owner Floyd Hol-
com, had no parting remarks,
except that the Port should pay
close attention to the effect
the Advance Astoria five-year
economic development plan
could have on the Port’s indus-
trial waterfront lands.
Raichl, who was appointed
in 2014 to fill out the remain-
ing term of Port consultant
Ric Gerttula after he resigned,
thanked the Port staff.
“I just want to thank the
staff for all their indulgence
over the few years,” Raichl
said, wishing his replacement,
Frank Spence, the best of luck.
Knight said the Port will
hold a free community barbe-
cue at noon July 3 at the Port’s
main offices on Pier 1. Rohne
and Spence will be sworn in as
commissioners at a special ses-
sion at 2 p.m.
Oregon Ethics Commission will
resume review of Kitzhaber, Hayes
By NICK BUDNICK
Capital Bureau
R.J. Marx/The Daily Astorian
Business Manager Justine Hill provides a guide to the
Seaside School District budget.
Seaside approves
$140 million
budget for schools
Bond money
swells figures
By R.J. MARX
The Daily Astorian
SEASIDE — Budgets
of more than $140 million
are usually reserved for big
city or suburban schools, not
1,000-student districts like
Seaside’s.
Combined with general
fund, debt service, special
revenue and capital projects,
the Seaside School District
will be working with a grand
total of $140.5 million.
“The budget amount is
not a typo,” Superintendent
Sheila Roley said at Tues-
day’s meeting of the board
of directors. “The bond
proceeds are now in our
budget.”
“I had to check my
glasses,” board member
Mark Truax said.
The outsized figures are
the result of the passage of
a $99.7 million bond by vot-
ers last fall for a new cam-
pus. Because the school dis-
trict’s bonds sold at a high
rate and with a matching
grant from the state Depart-
ment of Education, capital
projects reached more than
$112 million.
At $20.6 million, the dis-
trict’s operating expense is a
fraction of that.
Debt service of $4.4 mil-
lion and special revenue of
$2.6 million make up the rest
of the financial summary.
The budget addresses ris-
ing student technology costs,
with districtwide licenses for
math and science software. A
new science curriculum will
be implemented in the fall to
meet new science and tech-
nology standards. Staff hires
and facilities upgrades are
included.
This is the largest budget
the school district is likely to
see, as the number will soon
be reduced as construction
bills come in.
Business Manager Jus-
tine Hill anticipates paying
out $22.5 million next year
in building costs and fees.
The budget was unan-
imously
endorsed
by
directors.
“The budget committee
had met twice previously,
and we worked through
the details then, so this was
really formalizing the rec-
ommendation,” Roley said
after the meeting.
While
the
criminal
probe of former Gov. John
Kitzhaber and his first lady,
Cylvia Hayes, has ended, they
now will undergo scrutiny
from the Oregon Government
Ethics Commission.
The commission issued a
statement Tuesday saying that
a review of the allegations
against Kitzhaber and Hayes
will now continue.
In February 2015, the
commission put its review of
three complaints filed over the
couple’s actions in govern-
ment on hold, citing a newly
launched federal probe.
Under commission rules,
its investigators must first
conduct a preliminary review
to determine whether to
launch a full investigation.
In light of the announce-
ment Friday that the federal
probe has closed, “the prelim-
Ex-Energy Department official
pleads guilty to taking bribes
Associated Press
PORTLAND — The state
Justice Department says a for-
mer Oregon Department of
Energy official has pleaded
guilty to accepting over
$291,000 in kickbacks in con-
nection with the sale of state
energy tax credits.
The Oregonian reported
that Joe Colello, who managed
tax credit sales for the depart-
ment, pleaded guilty Tues-
day to racketeering, receiving
bribes, aggravated theft, tax
evasion and official miscon-
duct charges.
Colello had told the news-
paper he was under investiga-
tion for expediting the sale of
tax credits for a private energy
consultant.
Court documents say Colello
accepted cashiers checks on 52
occasions from a Seattle based
energy consultant, Martin
Shain, who is under indictment
by the state for alleged forgery
to secure state tax credits.
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We couldn’t have done it without the support of our local
community members.
The argument that Hayes
wasn’t a public official was
rejected by Attorney General
Ellen Rosenblum in a parallel
records case, an opinion that
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laws. But in December 2014,
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mitted an argument to the Eth-
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by The Oregonian, saying that
the commission had no juris-
diction over Hayes because
she was not a public official.
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noted, disclosures at that time
already showed that Hayes
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official and had been given
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