Rep. Tom Andersen, a former Salem city councilor, is introducing a bill that would have the state annually pay millions to its capital city to cover public safety services.
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Salem legislators think they have a better chance during the 2024 Legislature to get state money paid in lieu of property taxes to help close a city budget deficit. Mayor Chris Hoy cautioned any such payment won’t fix the city’s budget issues.
Salem residents decisively rejected a payroll tax Tuesday, with 82% of those who cast ballots voting no. About 20 readers explained their votes to Salem Reporter, with many who rejected the tax saying they want a less complicated or more equitable way for the city to close its budget gap.
Salem city councilors on June 12 will review a draft ordinance that would tax Salem workers an average of $42 a month to sustain and expand police, emergency response and homeless services. Councilors would vote at a later date after a public hearing.
Following a trip to Washington D.C. with other new mayors, Chris Hoy said Salem is in a better position to get federal help addressing issues like homelessness and transportation planning.