Let city councilors hear your thoughts on Salem infrastructure bond

(Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Salem city councilors want your input as they consider what to include in a $300 million infrastructure package they’ll seek voter approval for in the fall.

Councilors meet Monday evening for a work session on the proposed bond and will hear public testimony.

The meeting comes after a city committee of councilors put together a proposed project list which includes replacing city fire trucks, repairs to roads and sidewalks and city park improvements.


City leaders plan to ask voters to greenlight the infrastructure package in the November election. The infrastructure projects won’t raise property tax rates because they will be paid for with bonds replacing older city bonds due to expire.

Councilors will likely vote on a final list of projects to include at their May 23 meeting.

To participate: The meeting will be held virtually at 6 p.m. Monday and streamed on CC:Media, channel 21 and YouTube. Members of the public can submit comments to [email protected] by 5 p.m. Monday. Public comment and testimony may also be provided during the meeting via Zoom. People must pre-register to give live public testimony by 2 p.m. Monday at https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/Public-Comment-at-Salem-City-CouncilMeeting.aspx

-Rachel Alexander