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UPDATES: School board to reconsider apartment tax exemption

April 12, 2022 at 5:32pm

Marion, Polk counties seeking information about health care access

The Marion County Health and Human Services headquarters in Salem (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Public health agencies in Marion and Polk counties are seeking feedback from residents about their recent experiences accessing health care and the health of the neighborhood they live in.

A joint survey from both counties' health departments is now open. It asks about residents' view on the top health issues facing their communities, as well as whether they've had trouble accessing specialty health care recently.

The survey helps inform the health departments' assessment of community health and its planning to make the region more healthy. Previous updates to the region's community health plan are available on the Marion County website.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Russian and Marshallese.

-Rachel Alexander

April 12, 2022 at 12:22pm

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider additional funds for sexual assault, domestic violence victim services

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider adding funds to a contract with Center for Hope and Safety for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking.


Commissioners will consider a proclamation declaring April 11-15 as National Zone Awareness Week in Marion County and recognizing April 13 as Go Orange Day. Both are intended to recognize county employees working in and around traffic in work zones.

The board will consider appointing four new members to fill vacancies on the Detroit Idanha Rural Fire Protection District after the previous members resigned.

Commissioners will consider approving a $132,400 contract with Galaxux, Inc. to make improvements to Marion County's Community Resource Network, a free online collaborative tool that helps local service providers more efficiently and effectively get their clients connected with needed services, according to the agenda item. The contractor would move the network to a cloud-based platform, transfer all data and continue to maintain and provide updates to the program.

They will also consider purchasing $300,000 worth of safety clothing, parts and operational supplies from Fastenal Company for the county's Public Works Department.

The board will also consider adding around $69,500 to a contract with Center for Hope and Safety to provide services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking in Marion County. The new contract would total around $255,000.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

April 12, 2022 at 11:25am

AGENDA: School board reconsiders apartment tax break

The Salem-Keizer School Board will again consider exempting a Salem apartment complex from property taxes after the developer agreed to steps to keep apartments more affordable.

Board members will vote on 990 Broadway, LLC's application to participate in Salem's multiple unit housing tax incentive program. Salem city councilors approved the developer's application last spring.

The property is a mixed use development including 23 apartments, 26 parking spaces and approximately 2,500 square feet of commercial space, according to the agenda item. The building is at 990 Broadway St. N.E.

The school board voted down the exemption in December, but Board Chair Osvaldo Avila and Vice Chair Ashley Carson Cottingham are now recommending the board approve the exemption following a meeting with the developer.

The developer, Cascade Warehouse Company, agreed to cap rent increases for 10 units at 5% per year and not to raise rents on other units more than 7% per year, even when larger increases would be allowed under state law, according to a letter from the developer.

The developer also agreed to lower the move-in deposit amount required for the units.

If the board approves the proposal, the developer would be exempt from all property taxes on the building for up to 10 years. Exempting the building won't change the district's tax revenue because the property is located in an urban renewal district.

Board members will also vote on creating a second vice chair position for the board who could fill in for the first vice chair or chair as needed. The position would be appointed by board leadership.

The board will vote on proclamations designating April child abuse prevention month and for teacher appreciation week.

They will also consider a new contract for Howard Street Charter School and hear a report from district Superintendent Christy Perry.

The virtual meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. The meeting will be streamed on CC:Media, channel 21, and on YouTube at the links below.

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBUj7xv3fs

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoeDUIN05Lo 

-Rachel Alexander