With the referendum for payroll tax heading to the November ballot, Salem Reporter sent additional questions to the councilors who voted against the tax about how the city should address a budget shortfall and potential cuts that would occur if the tax was voted down.
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County officials confirmed Friday that the petition to put the Salem Payroll tax on the November ballot reached the required 3,986 verified signatures to qualify for the election.
Organizers say they have submitted nearly 13,000 signatures in an attempt to refer the planned Salem payroll tax to voters in November. County and city officials say the petition will likely meet the required threshold of 3,986 verified Salem voters in the next few days.
Over a week before the deadline to submit signatures to the city, petition organizers seeking to refer a payroll tax to Salem voters say they have submitted over 10,000 signatures. The campaign needs 3,986 verified signatures to get it on the ballot.
Gov. Tina Kotek stayed mum Thursday about her thoughts on Salem’s recently-approved payroll tax, which is currently the target of a petition to refer the measure to voters.
Two weeks after a split city council vote, an Oregon business group’s campaign said it has gathered over 4,000 unverified signatures to bring the Salem employee-paid payroll tax to a public vote. Organizers must submit at least 3,986 valid signatures by Aug. 9.
Salem Reporter sent each Salem city councilor a set of questions about their vote on the payroll tax, with topics from the public comment process, their reasoning and the matter of a citywide vote. Here are their responses.
Oregon Business & Industry on Friday filed a referendum petition to refer a payroll tax to Salem voters after the city council narrowly approved it July 10.
Salem Reporter gathered a sampling of the over 130 written comments Salem City Councilors received before voting 5-4 Monday night to begin taxing people working within city limits in 2024.
Councilors in a 5-4 vote approved a new tax on workers in Salem that would cost the average employee about $500 annually starting in July 2024. The tax would bring in about $28 million per year to maintain and expand police and fire staffing, and keep homeless shelters open.