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 Meetings scheduled to review ODFW's 2007-2009 budget 
Date: April 4, 2006 
Contact:  Ann Snyder (503) 947-6010 
Fax: (503) 947-6009
SALEM - Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a series of 10
town hall meetings throughout the state in April to gather public input on
the agency's budget for the 2007-2009 biennium.

The proposed budget, which is being developed by ODFW and a citizen budget
advisory committee, calls for carrying the same basic level of staffing and
programs currently in place forward into the next biennium. No fee increases
are being proposed. The projected cost to provide the same programs during
2007-2009 is $237.1 million.

At each town hall meeting, agency staff will present a summary of agency
programs and the related base budget, then will gather public comments that
will be used to help refine the budget before presenting it to the Oregon
Fish and Wildlife Commission in July.

The public is encouraged to provide comment at the town hall meetings
verbally or in writing. Comments also may be submitted via e-mail to
ODFW.Comments@state.or.us or by mail to ODFW, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem OR
97303-4924. All comments are due by Monday, May 1.

The Commission will consider the recommended budget at its meeting Friday,
July 7, in Salem. Once a proposed budget is approved by the Commission, it
will be submitted to the Governor for consideration. The Department's budget
will ultimately be determined by the 2007 Legislature.

All town hall meetings will be held 7 - 9 p.m. The dates and locations are:
Clackamas, April 11, Monarch Hotel and Conference Center, 12566 SE 93rd
Salem, April 12, ODFW headquarters building, 3406 Cherry Avenue NE
Klamath Falls, April 17, OSU Extension Office, 3328 Vandenberg Road
Central Point, April 18, ODFW Central Point Office, 1495 East Gregory Road
Roseburg, April 19, ODFW Regional office, 4192 N. Umpqua Highway
Gold Beach, April 20, Gold Beach City Hall, 29592 Ellensburg Avenue
Astoria, April 24, Seafood Consumer Center, 2021 Marine Drive
Newport, April 25, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Building 909, Library
Seminar Room, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Bend, April 26, Central Oregon Community College, Hitchcock Auditorium, 2600
NW College Way
La Grande, April 27, Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th Street

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals
requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or
large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may
call the ODFW Director's Office at 1-800-720-6339, Ext. 76044, or
503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.



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