On November 28, 2018, after reviewing more than a dozen revenue options over several public meetings, the City of Salem's Sustainable Services Revenue Task Force recommended three possible new sources of revenue for City Council consideration. The Task Force recommendation included advice to consider phasing or timing one or more of the following revenue options: an operating fee, an employee-paid payroll tax, and a local gas tax. While a local gas tax is required to be submitted to voters, the Task Force also recommended the two other options be referred.
A full report of the Task Force's recommendation will be presented to the City Council in January 2019. On December 10, 2018, the City's Budget Committee, consisting of the City Council and nine appointed members, will receive the FY 2020 – FY 2024 Five-Year Financial Forecast, providing updated projections of service sustainability.
More about the Sustainable Services Revenue Task Force
At the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, the Salem City Council unanimously approved the creation of a Sustainable Services Revenue Task Force to explore new and additional sources of revenue to sustain current City services, as well as recent investments toward achieving community priorities identified in the strategic plan.
The Council-appointed Sustainable Services Revenue Task Force members include Mayor Bennett, Councilors Ausec and McCoid, City Budget Committee Chair Raquel Moore-Green, and ten members of the community representing the City's result areas of Good Governance; Natural Environment Stewardship; Safe Community; Safe, Reliable, and Efficient Infrastructure; Strong and Diverse Economy; and Welcoming and Livable Community.