Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

By Pat Caldwell


With just a week left in the fiscal year, Baker City Manager Mike Kee said he believes the city's ship of state appears to be moving forward into the future on a steady, balanced course.

Kee said Friday his theme is simple: steady as she goes.

Kee's confidence is based on a couple of factors.

For one, the often stressful budget committee sessions in May are over and the budget approved by that board will most likely be ratified Tuesday night by the City Council when it meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St.

The budget, Kee said, is one of the bright spots of the past year.

Although Mayor Richard Langrell has been a vocal critic of some of the city's spending habits, he agrees with Kee regarding the debate regarding the proposed 2014-2015 budget.

"We're still in the black. We're in good shape," Langrell said.

Langrell also said that one of his biggest concerns - rising employee costs - was not solved.

"The budget process, as far as the budget board, went very well. Unfortunately, at the next meeting (Tuesday night) it will be undone by four City Council members," Langrell said.

For more see Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald.