City of Salem PAYROLL TAX

The City of Salem held a public hearing on Monday, June 26th, on adopting a PAYROLL tax that will impact every employee who does work in Salem (even if their business is located outside of Salem). This includes independent contractors.
You can read more about it here.
Cleverly, they say the new tax will receive a public vote — but not until 2031. So, they will adopt and start collecting the tax now, then they will tell voters the city will have to cut police, fire and ambulance services if voters don’t approve a continuation of the tax in 2031. People outside of Salem who are paying the tax (like Keizerites), will not have a vote, of course.
There will likely be additional opportunities to provide verbal and written input. In the meantime, we want to ensure you have the information you need to stay informed.