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This website was most recently evaluated on Feb. 11, 2013.
- Elected Officials
- The Mayor and city council contact information are posted online.
- Annual financial audits are posted. 
- Audits are archived to 2002.
- Zoning and Permits
- RFP’s and bids are posted. 
- Public Records and Ethics
- Information on taxpayer-funded lobbying is not posted.
- Checkbook register
- There is no checkbook register available
The Fiscal Year 2012-2013 proposed budget is $426,619,530, a 3.4 percent increase from the FY 2011-2012 adopted budget of $412,531,720.
|Economic Improvement District||$236,000|
|Cultural and Tourism||$2,435,060|
|Building and Safety||$3,169,390|
|General Debt Service||$14,165,810|
|Extra Capacity Facilities||$21,263,910|
|Water and Sewer||$80,085,250|
|Willamette Valley Community Center||$7,445,420|
|Police Regional Records System||$343,830|
|Trust (Special Revenue)||$2,258,890|
Marion County received $2.8 billion from stimulus spending, according to a ProPublica report. It's difficult to parse out how much of the spending went exclusively to Salem, but the five largest spending projects (by individual grants) are listed below.
|Salem-Keizer School District 24J||$23,585,041||"For the support of public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education and, as applicable, early childhood education programs and services."|
|Salem-Keizer School District 24J||$9,386,552||"Improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet State academic achievement standards."|
|Salem-Keizer School District 24J||$8,042,206||"Provide support to eligible schools that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to raise substantially the achievement of their students to enable those schools to make adequate yearly progress."|
|Salem-Keizer School District 24J||$7,763,581||"Assist States in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities in accordance with Part B of the IDEA."|
|Salem Area Mass Transit District||$5,164,353||"Salem Area Mass Transit District is making an investment in public transportation through the following projects: purchase of three (3) 35-foot fixed route buses."|
Salem operates a council-manager government where the Mayor and City Council set the policy and the City Manager is in charge of implementing policy and day to day operations of the city. The current mayor is Anna Peterson.
The current City Manager is Linda Norris.
The table below outlines the top 10 employee salaries in Salem. The highest salary is for Police Captain Brian Gilligan at $151,962 a year.
|Brian Gilligan||Police captain||151962||116099||7790||28071|
|Andrew Dacy||Police sergeant||149240||93159||15407||40673|
|Paul Tucker||Police chief||145419||145419||0||0|
|Rodney Comeau||Police captain||139120||119916||3403||15800|
|Dennis King||Police sergeant||137946||95404||18123||24418|
|Matthew Desmond||Police lieutenant||137764||97303||12056||28404|
|Gary Lebrun||Police patrolman||136985||84802||9236||42945|
|James Walker||Police lieutenant||128318||97900||8643||21774|
|John Gaudet||Police patrolman||127265||78974||14358||33933|
The city website lists compensation plans for all positions.
The employee benefits for city employees can be found here.
The base salary for police officers is between $4062 or $5700 a month.
The compensation plan for fire department employees is here.
Transparency & public records
The property tax rate is $5.83 per $1000 of assessed value. Complete revenue information is available in the yearly budget documents.
- City of Salem website
- Salem Government Directory
- Salem Oregon History
- Salem Oregon Profile
- Salem Detailed Profile
- Salem Oregon information
- See sample transparency legislation at the Sunshine Standard
- Oregon on State Budget Solutions
- ↑ Founding
- ↑ Population
- ↑ Mayor and city council information
- ↑ Agenda
- ↑ Video Archive of Council Meetings & Budget Meetings
- ↑ Budget
- ↑ Budget Archives
- ↑ Capital Improvements Program
- ↑ Significant City Projects
- ↑ Audits
- ↑ Permits
- ↑ Zoning Information
- ↑ Taxes
- ↑ Parking Tax Information
- ↑ Business Tax
- ↑ Transient Occupancy Tax
- ↑ Lien Payoff Information
- ↑ RFP and Bids
- ↑ Public Records
- ↑ List of Ethics Topics
- ↑ Request Ethics Opinion
- ↑ Non-Discrimination
- ↑ Title VI
- ↑ Proposed budget, p. FS2
- ↑ Marion County Stimulus Spending
- ↑ City Council
- ↑ Mayor
- ↑ City Council
- ↑ Mayor
- ↑ City Manager
- ↑ Salem News, Police dominate top Salem salaries, April 12, 2011
- ↑ Police Salaries
- ↑ Open Secrets, City of Salem, OR
- ↑ 2012-2013 Budget