S.O.S. Save our streets!
To the editor:
Wow! The streets in Salem in 2014 were a mess and the citizens of Salem did something about them.
City Council passed an ordinance putting forth a ballot for a 0.25% income tax increase, restricted to 5 years and limited purpose to cover streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, parking lots and storm sewers.
The ballot vote was positive and the city used the quarter (25 cents) per $100 of earned income (Note: no tax on Social Security payments, retirements, pensions, interest, dividends) to repair our streets, alleys, sidewalks, etc.
Over 184,632 feet of streets and alleys were repaired. That is 34.97 miles, along with storm sewer repairs and paving of the city parking lots. There is more to do.
Let’s finish the job and protect what we have accomplished!
On Nov. 5 , we will be asked again to support a limited 5 year levy with the same restricted use: streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, parking lots and storm sewers.
Again, no tax on social security, retirement, pensions, interest or dividends.
3rd Ward Councilman,