The City of Salem's Budget Committee, comprised of resident members, Mayor, and City Council, will consider the City Manager's proposed budget April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11 at 6:00 p.m., with an additional alternate meeting if needed on May 18, 2022. The meetings will be broadcast live via the CC: Media’s YouTube page, and Comcast Cable Channel 21.
The City’s combined $736 million budget covers the period from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, and includes estimates of revenue and costs of services and capital projects. The budget is the City’s financial plan to provide services for our community. The proposed budget is guided by the 2021 – 2026 Salem Strategic Plan, City Council’s 2022 Policy Agenda, and City policies. The proposed budget continues public safety, community and urban development, library, parks and recreation, street maintenance, and water, wastewater, and stormwater utility services.
Priorities for 2023 include:
- Responding to our sheltering crisis by opening the 24/7 low barrier Navigation Center, siting and operating micro-shelter village communities, developing more affordable housing, continuing local partnerships, and responding to community complaints for clean-up at scattered unmanaged sites.
- Planning for our future by adopting Our Salem (the comprehensive plan update), updating the transportation system plan and riparian inventory for natural resources, and furthering the Climate Action Plan.
- Engaging in our community by launching the new City of Salem website, sharing performance measures, and opening the Customer Service Center at Salem Civic Center.
- Sustaining City infrastructure and services by pursuing a community improvement bond, and exploring opportunities to lower expenses and increase revenue options to fund day-to-day services.
The budget process concludes with a City Council public hearing and adoption in June. Residents may provide written testimony by sending an email to the Budget Committee at [email protected] by 3 p.m. the day of the meeting. To provide live, virtual testimony at the June public hearing, sign up online the day of the meeting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Written testimony is accepted any time. To ensure your testimony is available for consideration during the meeting, submit comments on meeting agenda items by email to [email protected].