In addition to the widely publicized presidential contest, Salem voters will consider at least two local ballot issues on November ballot.
1. Funding for new police station
Measure 24-399 authorizes a general obligation bond of up to $82 million to pay for a new police facility and other capitol costs associated with that endeavor. The $82 million would be funded by taxes on property or property ownership.
Voters approving the measure would agree to pay for a site near the 700 Block of Commercial St. NE near the city core, site preparation and construction for police and a regional 9-1-1 call center. Remaining funds would be used to fund improvements in the Civic Center after the police leave their current location there.
2. Tax on city cannabis sales
Measure 24 – 400 is similar to ballot measures being considered in the towns of Stayton, Silverton, Keizer and Detroit. It asks voters to approve a sales tax of 3%, the maximum allowed by state law, on all sales of recreational cannabis and recreational cannabis products in city limits.
Additional measures may be filed until September 8.
November election countdown
Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess and elections officials have been preparing for the election for months. Some important milestones prior to Election Day are:
September 24 – Last day to print and mail ballots to military and overseas voters
October 18 – Last day to register to vote. Postmark by today or register online prior to 11:59 p.m.
October 19 – First day for county to mail ballots
October 25 – Last day to mail ballots
November 8 – Election Day