The Salem construction bond would put $7.5 million toward building branch libraries and affordable housing.

An error made by Salem officials on the ballot title for Salem’s construction bond could mean some projects funded by the bond may be delayed unless the city works quickly to correct the mistake in court.

Salem voters passed the $300 million infrastructure bond in the November election. The measure was set to fund community-wide investments in streets, sidewalks, parks, fire trucks and equipment, two new fire stations to improve response times, affordable housing, the purchasing of sites for affordable housing and branch libraries, cybersecurity for city operations, and Civic Center seismic improvements. 

But a sentence required by Oregon law was missing from the ballot title in the Marion County voters’ pamphlet describing the November 2022 Community Improvement Bond.

Of the proposed $300 million bond, $28.5 million will be for park upgrades.

City officials said Thursday that they discovered the error this week and were beginning to correct the error through the judicial process.

“You trust us to do important work and do it well and clearly we did not do that here,” Salem City Manager Keith Stahley said in a statement. “We understand the gravity of this error, we will learn from this mistake and will adjust our processes and systems to prevent it from occurring in the future.”

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