The six girls recognized by Mayor Randy Foley are members of the Roanoke Valley’s first all-girl troop in the organization formerly called Boy Scouts of America. They posed for photographs with Foley, Vice Mayor Jane Johnson Councilman James Martin and Scout Master Steve Davis after the council meeting to mark their historic appearance.
It was the first time in nearly 50 years that Salem City Council is poised to pass a property tax increase, along with smaller taxes and fees. The residential rate has been $1.18 per $100 assessed value for 31 years. The anticipated revenue will provide part of the expected $36 million cost to rebuild Salem High School.
If the proposed property tax increase passes, Salem Finance Director Rosie Jordan said during budget talks in April that taxes on a $200,000 home would cost an additional $40 per year.