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Task Force Recommends Revenue Options to Sustain Current City Services in Salem - 11/30/18

Salem, Ore. – At the adoption of the Fiscal Year (FY) 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.

On Nov. 28, 2018, after reviewing more than a dozen revenue options over several public meetings, the task force recommended three new sources for consideration by the City Council. 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 Jan. 2019. On Dec. 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 Forecast, providing updated projections of service sustainability.

For more information regarding Salem’s FY 2019 budget, go to or call Kelley Jacobs at 503-588-6049. For more information on the Revenue Task Force, go to

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Salem's 23rd Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Nov. 30 - 11/16/18

Celebrate the holiday season by joining family, friends, and neighbors for the holiday tree lighting at Riverfront Park on Fri., Nov. 30. This free community event is one of Salem's most loved community traditions. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

  • Enjoy musical performances by a local handbell group and the Grant Community School Grizzly Youth Choir.
  • Participate in seasonal craft activities hosted by Gilbert House Children’s Museum and the City of Salem’s Clean Streams Team.
  • Sip hot chocolate and nib cookies provided by Roth's Fresh Market.
  • See Santa and live reindeer, and take photos in the newly created winter wonderland

At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Chuck Bennett will lead the tree-lighting ceremony with one lucky child in attendance selected to help “flip the switch” and light the holiday tree.

Riverfront Park is located at 200 Water Street NE in downtown Salem. This annual holiday event is sponsored by City of Salem Parks and Recreation and Comcast.