Mook was one of two citizens who spoke at the May 14 public hearing for the City of Salem’s $78.01-million city budget proposed for the fiscal year 2018-19. The other was Cecil Kelly, who wanted to know how much money Salem expects from the state. The answer is $11.8 million to the city’s general fund.

The proposed Salem budget, which is about $2 million more in revenue and expenditures than originally advertised the first week of April, reflects additional income from increased property values and personal property, Finance Director Rosie Jordan told Council and citizens at the hearing, “and tweaking some of the revenue.” Proposed property taxes will remain the same, a rate of $1.18 per $100 in value.

The budget is 3.7 percent more than the current year’s budget, and shows “a nice increase, the best in ten years,” Jordan pointed out.

Councilmembers voted to approve the budget on first reading. It will not be officially adopted until after a second reading and vote set for Tuesday, May 29, the day after the regular meeting date which falls on Memorial Day when city offices are closed.

“It makes a lot of sense to have a one-to-one…

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