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Council talks housing unit fee hike again

November 27, 2013

SALEM — An increase is being proposed for the annual housing occupancy license fee landlords must pay per dwelling unit....

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 11:17 AM

Well happy Thanksgiving. Keep hoping

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 11:15 AM

Your right .Our country is like a diving board,

sooner or later it will break under the weight

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concerned

Nov-28-13 11:14 AM

Cyndi says: "Our citizens can't afford that but businesses including rental units need to pay their share." Here in lies the problem Cyndi, you tax businesses including rental units and who pays in the end??? They raise their prices to cover those tax increases. raising fees and taxes is not the answer as you said in your statement it is state taxes that has created an unfriendly business environment. Raising taxes no matter how small amount or in what manner never does anything but expand the size of government, which is our problem.

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 11:12 AM

Yea the ole ballot box solution.

sorry but your right people keep voting party line or returning the same ole nuts cases.. I voted mixed last time and still nothing changes.

Both parties insist that reps, follow along party lines come*****or high water.

One in they should vote for whats best for the majority of americans,

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 11:08 AM

Why isn't there a real push by those with influence to complete the by pass and extend route 30 ?

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concerned

Nov-28-13 11:07 AM

ladybug says: "how ever I ask what are the solutions when you have a dysfunctional government.?" I agree our government is dysfunctional. We can say that change needs to come at the ballot box, but voters keep voting the same people back in office. I personally think the government is too big to control. It would not surprise me if states like Texas and some of the southern states left the United States and formed their own countries. I am not advocating that but I think if they keep pushing some of these people, that is what is going to happen. That seems to be the evolution of governments throughout history, they get too big for their britches and they break up. Rome, England, USSR as example, we could go on and on. I don't think that happening here in the USA is out of the realm of possibility. All I know is we can not go on like this for long. Something is going to snap. The people will either wake up or we are going to see the USA go by the wayside of world powers past

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Nov-28-13 11:01 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Nov-28-13 10:59 AM

We also need to help people with addiction problems get treatment. The closest treatment center is Akron and the cost of treatment is astronomical at this time. Another thing is, we suspend the drivers license of people who don't pay their child support because the can't find a job, so now they can't get to work if they do get a job. People need to support their children, but there must be a better solution. The world is a hard place today. Give thanks for everything you have and pray you aren't the one in five, if if you are that things improve soon.

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Nov-28-13 10:54 AM

Recent statistics say one in five families in Salem live under the poverty level. It breaks my heart. Look at how many children in the schools qualify for free lunches. The city is developing internet mapping of the good points for business esp. Industry to move to Salem in an effort to convince companies to locate here. We have the second cheapest water rates in the state and affordable housing and business property. The schools are attempting to help residents get retraining. But our state tax system actively discourages business development. We also have limited high speed internet access and no large highways close to town. Companies also say they have trouble getting employees who can pass a drug test. I don't support increasing taxes. The previous administration wanted to more than double our income taxes in a year that showed almost $900,000 overage in revenues. I can't support that. Our citizens can't afford that but businesses including rental units need to pay their share.

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 10:30 AM

What is Salems or the areas plan to bring better jobs to the area.?

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 10:28 AM

Why haven't we addressed SS,Medicare ,Spending, Education ,Infrastructure ,Immagrastion , Healthcare Costs , Post Office ,Jobs ,and the list goes on.

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 10:24 AM

It's kind of hard to stop socialism concerned when more and more people are shoved into a situation where they become dependant on others.

Salem never had a food bank or kitchen years ago.How many food drives do we have in the area ?

Somebody better start seeing the day light.

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 10:19 AM

I find it amazing that a city the size of Salem ( 12000 +) has over 2000 rental property's .

2000 x 2.5 = 5000 . Are we saying 40 % of Salems residents live rental property and how many of those live on poverty imcomes or wel-fare ?

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 10:06 AM

I watch these people on a regular basis ( mistake on my part ) .

Since the shut down they have not addressed any real issue of substance .

Now there on a recess again with just supposedly 6 more legislative days left in the yr, to accomplish anything.

How long would we have kept our jobs if we functioned like that ?

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 10:00 AM

The point concerned is we both point out the problems.

how ever I ask what are the solutions when you have a dysfunctional government. ?

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Nov-28-13 9:54 AM

Oak leaves. Sorry that you don't feel that I am being honest and forthcoming. I did run on not raising taxes. The inspections dept was established to be self sustaining. Not a tax burden. It has not sustained itself for years and citizens including renters were not getting what they deserved which was inspections to ensure their basic safety. We initiated a change in that situation and made the dept prove what it would take before recommending higher fees. We recommended fees that will cover cost only and charged it to the property owners, not a raise in taxes. We can now serve the general public better by putting that money into safety forces without an income tax raise. The fees recommended are lower than the average for the area and so should not make rent unaffordable. It is $30 per year a raise of $15 per yr which is a little over $1 per month. For that dollar, inspections will be completed. We have over 2000 rentals in the city now. That's a lot of people being protected.

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concerned

Nov-28-13 9:39 AM

ladybug we actually agree on more than we disagree. When you rationally put forth your ideas you do make sense. I agree with you about the greed and I also agree with you that there are many people that make much more money than they are actually worth. However it is the socialistic system that is gaining ground in America, that enslaves people. It makes people dependent on the government. In reality the government becomes the master and the common man becomes the slave. That is what slavery is like, the master provides for the slave. There has really never been an end to slavery, the system of delivering the master slave rolls has just shifted and big government is becoming the master while we the royal subjects of the government are becoming the slaves. The sad part is they have convinced millions that they are doing what is best for us. Socialistic mindset has infiltrated every fiber of our society. From the education system to the religious system to media and entertainment

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 8:24 AM

Christmas and Thanksgiving used to be the 2 days almost everyone closed down to give thanks and honor God.

Now we went from midnight to 6AM today..

Money money money.

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 8:16 AM

You can't eliminate poverty or wel-fare when we just keep pushing more people into it every day.

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ladybug

Nov-28-13 8:13 AM

First of all I have to agree about the fees,

Second blaming the condition of rental property on the fees or tenants is well. This is what attracts this type.

Third I think we al realize the problems you listed . It's the answers or solutions.

I blame it on the countries politics, No compromise,give or take, My way or the highway policy from the top down

I also blame greed .You people insist I don't like the rich. On the contrary I have to ask when is enough enough ?

How much is one group worth. millions,billions. trillions.?

The country functioned better when most everyone was gaining under our system .Now it's just a small %

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concerned

Nov-28-13 7:06 AM

ladybug ask: "And what is ?" I assume you are asking what my opinion is as to what the problem is. In my opinion the problems are many. From the economic condition of not only the city but the entire area. To the moral deterioration of our society as a whole. Our country is losing it's focus. We are becoming a self centered society concerned only about what makes them feel good at the moment. We have a growing element that has no respect for others nor their property. What can change it? We need leadership like JFK who said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country." Today it is all about what the government can do for you. There are no expectations placed upon individuals in society. We are just reaping what is being sowed.

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oakleaves

Nov-27-13 9:15 PM

The 4th Ward would have been in better hands under your last opponent he is at least honest and forthcoming, and would have worked for the greater good of all those concerned.

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oakleaves

Nov-27-13 9:09 PM

I agree with concerned the republicans seem to want to raise these fees on the backs of the middle class and poor who rent. Once that fee is raised everyone who rents will see an increase in their rent. Landlords are paying this city enough and what are they getting for it nothing that I can see. If they could not afford to rehire Mr. brown with General fund money than they should have left it the way it was. It's all well and good that we have an inspector but should we be relying on the landlords to support them with fee's that they will be taxing their tenants for hardly not. when Mayor Wolford supported a raise in income tax, the Republicans and their chairman practically ran him out of town on a rail. Looks like the table have turned and now the republicans on council are all for this tax on landlords and don't care that it will be passed on to those who can hardly afford to pay their rent. Mrs Baronzzi Dickey you ran a campaign against new taxes so why are you supporting this

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OSU600

Nov-27-13 2:45 PM

So, the answer is????

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ladybug

Nov-27-13 12:15 PM

And what is ?

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