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Chamber of Commerce endorses five-year levy renewal

To the editor:

In October of 2015, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved a motion to publicly endorse the five-year, .25% income tax increase.

The legislation proposed by the City of Salem specified that the usage of money was limited to the improvements of streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, parking lots and storm sewers. With the issue’s passage, $0.25 per $100 of earned income (Note: no tax on Social Security payments or pensions, interest, dividends) repaved almost 35 miles of the city’s streets and alleys.

Over these five years, the city has been engrossed with large scale paving and roadway projects. However, there is still much work to be done. An additional 30 miles of city streets require repaving as well as several miles of alleys yet to be done along with maintenance on already completed jobs. This .25% tax increase is set to expire at the end of 2020 which is why Salem City Council agreed to put the issue back on the November ballot.

The five-year renewal levy will once again specify that the usage of the money is limited for improvements to streets, alleys, parking lots and other related infrastructure. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted recently to approve the endorsement of the proposed renewal of the .25% income tax increase. The Salem Chamber recommends a “yes” vote on Nov. 5 for the renewal as the appearance and continued upkeep of our area is vital to the quality of life in Salem.

Lori J Jewell,

Executive Director,

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

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