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Posted: Friday, Sep 20th, 2013

In the Sept. 18 story on the Newport Visual Arts Center, city councilor David Allen’s reference to the Infrastructure Task Force thinking “it was time to start this process” pertains to the task force’s process and not any specific properties, including the arts center.

In the same edition, a story on the council voting against purchasing a new fire engine for the Newport Fire Department, a quote by Interim Finance Director Bob Gazewood was incorrectly attributed to Allen. The following is Gazewood’s entire quote:

“I feel we need to get into this thing and do more planning, and spend some good hard time with staff and then make decisions accordingly that are best served for the city as a whole and all departments. The last thing I would want to see is that we’re in a stage here that the general fund is in such a funding thing that we have to start looking at reducing their unappropriated fund balances in order to fund potential cuts in the department, there’s still going to be growth in the department, and we’re going to place ourselves down the line in a situation where we have to start laying off staff. I think that’s the biggest potential of all we have to look at and on that basis you can’t say that one department is more important than another on the basis if they are truly looking in terms of what services they provide the city as a whole.”

Gazewood also said he preferred a five-year special levy if the city decided to buy a fire engine, not a capital improvement bond as the story said.

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