Corrections & Clarifications: This story was updated to correct the list of road projects that will be covered in the bond.

Salem voters are on track to approve a $300 million bond measure to improve the city’s streets, sidewalks, parks, libraries and bridges, according to early election results.

Although some ballots are still being counted, results showed a sizeable lead in both Marion and Polk counties.

The bond came up for a vote just as previous bond measures retire and are removed from the tax rolls — meaning the new bond will not increase residents’ tax rates.

The bond rate would remain at $1.20 per $1,000 of assessed value. Over the life of the bond, this means the average household in Salem would pay about $134 a year.

Playground equipment at McKay School City Park. Of the proposed $300 million bond Salem is asking voters to pass in November, $28.5 million will be for park upgrades.

The bond will fund $157 million for sidewalks and streets, $7.5 million for branch libraries, $10 million for affordable housing, $28.4 million for park upgrades, $14 million for fire stations, $26 million for engines or equipment, $39.4 million for upgrades to the Salem Civic Center and $17.6 million for technology upgrades and security.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem city councilors and Mayor Chris Hoy campaigned in support of the measure. No formal opposition formed against it.





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