The story: In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed a transportation bill that included a new 0.1% employee payroll tax to fund a Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) for public transit. Philomath and Corvallis applied jointly and were successful in securing a discretionary grant from the STIF program to purchase new mass transit buses. (“Philomath bus on list of projects to be funded,” April 10 edition, page A2).
The latest: The Corvallis City Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 21 meeting to accept the grants for the buses, which total $768,628. Corvallis must provide $91,582 and Philomath $44,700 in matching funds. The money will pay for one Corvallis Transit Service bus and one Philomath Connection bus.
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The story: The Philomath Youth Activities Club’s 12th annual Get A Way Give A Way raffle fundraiser featured a week’s stay in Maui, Hawaii, for its grand prize (“PYAC staging raffle fundraiser,” Aug. 21 edition, page A2).
The latest: PYAC reported that Nate Gerding won the grand prize for a one-week stay in Hawaii. Other prizes went to Jan Boggs (family getaway to Oregon Coast), Miller Timber (romantic getaway to Oregon Coast), Craig Edwards (getaway to Ashland for Shakespeare Festival) and Mike Cruise (stay at Three Rivers Casino). Eddie Van Vlack, executive director, said PYAC sold 754 tickets to raise $6,305 for its programs.
— Philomath Express