Salem City Council will decide on Monday, July 10, whether to impose a new tax on workers within the city — even those who live elsewhere. Salem Reporter breaks down what it means for you, and how to weigh in.
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Many attendees who passed Salem Reporter’s booth at the Salem Saturday Market over the weekend paused a good distance away, squinting to read the signs before mouthing “payroll tax?” Some shrugged, some shook their heads and others approached the booth to cast a vote with a sticky note. Our booth[Read More…]
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has asked that the Salem City Council take a proposed payroll tax to the voters in November, while the statewide chamber opposes the tax entirely.
Last year, around a third of Salemites who called 911 had to wait more than five and a half
minutes for help to come. The Salem Fire Department, facing an increasing number of calls, hopes to add staff to improve response times.
City leaders say both a payroll tax and an increase in the city’s utility bill fee are needed if the city is to fund additional police officers. Chief Trevor Womack said the department’s budget increases over the past decade haven’t been enough to keep up with population growth.