2/10 News in Brief

*Property tax payment due Feb. 16*Mayors to give 'state of the cities'*Polk cities honored for cooperation*Local grants available for parks



Property tax

payment due Feb. 16

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Tax Office reminds taxpayers who pay their property taxes in trimester payments that the second of three installments is due by Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Since the 15th falls on the Presidents' Day holiday, there is an extra day to pay during this trimester.

Payments may be made at area banks, by mail, or in person at the tax office at 850 Main St. in Dallas. Payments that are mailed must bear the Feb. 16 postmark to avoid interest.

For more information: 503-623-9264.

Mayors to give 'state of the cities'

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce will host its annual State of the City Addresses during its February lunch forum on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The event, which will feature Independence Mayor John McArdle and Monmouth Mayor John Oberst, takes place at noon at the Independence Elks Lodge, 289 S. Main St.

Cost is $10, which includes a lunch of soup, salad and sandwich. Reservations are required.

For reservations or more information: 503-838-4268; e-mail to micc@micc-or.org.

Polk cities honored for cooperation

SALEM -- The Mid-Valley Council of Governments has awarded the cities of Monmouth and Independence its Regional Cooperative Project Award.

The award is presented for a project or initiative that best exemplifies regional, intergovernmental cooperation.

The two cities received the award for their joint Willamette Well Field project, which is designed to help ensure a sufficient water supply for both communities into the foreseeable future.

The award was presented at the MWVCOG annual meeting on Jan. 20 in Keizer.

Local grants available for parks

SALEM -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has opened a new local government grant cycle, with $1.5 million available to help acquire, develop and rehabilitate community parks and outdoor recreation facilities.

Cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, port districts, and park and recreation districts are eligible to apply for the grants. Completed applications are due by April 5.

A workshop on how to submit an effective project proposal is scheduled today (Wednesday, Feb. 10) in Salem.

For more information: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/GRANTS/local_apply.shtml.



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