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of exceptional civic discourse

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Register now for the October 16 program.
Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Program, Noon

Willamette Heritage Center
at The Mill
1313 Mill Street, SE
Salem, OR 97301-6351

For luncheon reservations,
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call 503.370.2808
by noon, the Wednesday before each program

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Member Lunch & Program: $13
Member Program Only: Free
Nonmember Lunch & Program: $20
Nonmember Program Only: $7


Vegetarian or vegan entrees are available and must be requested at time of RSVP
Free parking
Doors open at 11:30 a.m


Please welcome our newest City Club members:
Wayne and Jo Rawlins
Sharon Johnson

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CCTV Broadcast Schedule

 SCC programs can be seen on CCTV, Comcast Cable Channel 21, for two weeks starting the Wednesday after the meeting on Wednesdays at 4pm, Thursdays at 4:30pm, Fridays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 1pm.

 Salem City Club’s mission:

“ provide a common meeting ground for persons of divergent  beliefs, politics and occupations, for the interchange of ideas and stimulation of intelligent thinking and action on civic affairs; and to inform and activate its members and the community in public matters, and to arouse in them an appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship.”



Monday, October 5, 2015, Volume 48, Issue 3
Debate: A New Payroll Tax for Transit?

Kathy Lincoln,
Salem Area Mass Transit District Board

T.J. Sullivan,
Chair, Create Jobs Political Action Committee

Friday, October 16, 2015

Voters who live inside the Salem Area Mass Transit District will face a November special election on a proposed new tax on private business employers and self-employed workers. If approved, the district plans to use the funds for Cherriots  bus service on Saturdays, in the evenings, on Sundays and some holidays.

Two well-informed local citizens will debate the pros and cons of this measure at our meeting on Friday, Oct. 16th.

If approved by voters, all private business employers and self-employed workers would pay a tax of  0.21% of payroll initially, about $5 million per year.  All governmental employers would be exempt. So would non-profit 501(c)(3) employers, except for hospitals. Under state law, the district board would be authorized to increase the tax rate up to .02% per year for 10 years.

If approved, the district plans to restore service on Saturdays and some holidays and a student bus pass program, which were provided prior to budget cuts in 2009. It also would add service in the evenings and limited service on Sundays.

Debaters will follow our usual debate format, with time slots for opening statements, answering two questions from the chair and one from each other, and closing statements. We will conclude with our standard audience question period.  Don't miss this chance to learn about an important local issue.

Kathy Lincoln will represent the Salem Area Mass Transit District Board, which placed the measure on the ballot.  She is a recently retired longtime Oregon Assistant Attorney General and a newly-elected member of the transit board.

T. J. Sullivan will represent the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the Create Jobs PAC in opposing the measure. He is co-owner of Huggins Insurance Co. and served on the Salem City Council from 2004 to 2010.


As is our tradition, we meet at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Salem. For lunch reservations, please visit our website at and register online. Reservations are due by noon Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.  

FALL, 2015
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015: 
Agriculture Series:  Part 3
Faces of Agriculture.

When Cascadia Strikes: Do you really know what to do?
Ed Flick, Marion County Emergency Manager


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