City Council Takes Testimony June 14 on Next Fiscal Year’s Budget

​On June 14, 2021, the Salem City Council will hold a public hearing as it considers the recommended budget for next year.  The City of Salem's $662.6 million budget is the City's financial plan to provide services to the Salem community for Fiscal Year 2022 covers July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.  

The budget was recommended by the City of Salem's Budget Committee on May 5, 2021 after four public meetings, hearing testimony, and discussing community priorities and opportunities from the American Rescue Plan Act.  The Budget Committee recommendation includes simultaneous translation of future City Council meetings into American Sign Language and Spanish, a grant match for a mobile crisis response unit, and body worn cameras for public safety officers.  The FY 2022 budget includes recommendations for initial uses of the City's allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act.

In the near-term, the budget presents an optimistic plan for recovery from the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding from the Federal CARES and American Rescue Plan Acts have offered an opportunity to stabilize the City budget in the short term, including the FY 2022 budget.

For more information including a preview of the budget, check out our web page on the City's Budget. Add your voice by providing written testimony or virtual testimony on June 14 to the City Council.  

Priorities for Funding

Salem City Council's 2021 Policy Agenda draws from Council and community-defined priorities in the Strategic Plan for 2021-2026.  Through its annual Policy Agenda, City Council agrees on specific priorities for action in the coming year.

Priorities include:  

  • Addressing homelessness
  • Creating community resilience in response to COVID-19 pandemic resident and business impacts
  • Increasing equitable delivery of City services
  • Building great neighborhoods
  • Taking action on climate change.  

To view the 2021 Policy Agenda or the Strategic Plan, please visit https://www.cityofsalem.net/strategic-plan.

All Virtual Meeting

On June 14, 2021, the City of Salem's City Council meets at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be broadcast live via the CCTV Salem's YouTube page, or Comcast Cable Channel 21.

Public Comment and Testimony

To provide live, virtual testimony, sign up on-line 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] by 3 p.m. the day of the meeting. 

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