50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

February 11, 1969

School District 5J’s Budget Board Monday evening rejected the custodians’ request to have the top step of their salary schedule set at $6,000 as had been requested instead of at the $5,900 top level the board had agreed on last Monday.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 11, 1994

Baker County residents entered the world at a slower rate and left at a faster rate than others across the state in 1992, according to statistics published in January in the Oregon Vital Statistics County Data booklet.

A total of 179 of Baker County’s 15,800 residents died in 1992. That’s a death rate of 11.3 per 1,000 population, compared with the statewide rate of 8.6. Births totaled 194 in 1992.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 11, 2009

After auditor Bob Seymour had delivered a report of a clean audit Tuesday evening for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, Baker City councilors began asking him about preparing for the future.

Seymour’s advice: Continue to budget conservatively and enjoy being virtually debt-free.

And think about buying some raw materials while the price is right.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 12, 2018

Baker Schools Superintendent Mark Witty says a bill before the short session of the Oregon Legislature that would require school districts to discuss class size when making budget decisions could cause a hardship for schools rather than improve them.

Making class size a mandatory bargaining issue, as the bill proposes, would cost money that is not available to schools, Witty says.

“You can’t make that decision in isolation of the K-12 budget,” Witty said. “We’d have to raise the K-12 budget or lower wages. You can’t just wave a magic wand — it takes money to do that.”

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