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3 Questions For Ty Hapworth – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Ty Hapworth Answers Our Questions Taxes, Development, and Housing QUESTION 1 – Salems tax rate, both residential and commercial, has consistently gone up around 2% every year.  Do you feel that this “stability” best serves the city, or should we take another approach? Please be specific as to the impact on city services that your approach would bring. Answer: While Salem’s residential and commercial tax rates have actually decreased over the last two years, assessed values continue to rise, contributing to rising taxes that fall just under the levy.  Our neighbors need some relief and I would recommend two initiatives: ...

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3 Questions For Alice Merkl – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Alice Merkl Answers Our Questions Taxes, Development, Housing QUESTION 1 – Salems tax rate, both residential and commercial, has consistently gone up around 2% every year.  Do you feel that this “stability” best serves the city, or should we take another approach? Please be specific as to the impact on city services that your approach would bring. Answer: I don’t agree with the approach of automatically raising our taxes every year.  The goal should be to always look for other resources of revenue to lessen the burden on homeowners and businesses such as grants, state and federal funds for infrastructure, ...

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3 Questions For Conrad Prosniewski – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Conrad Prosniewski Answers Our Questions Taxes, Development, and Housing QUESTION 1 – Salems tax rate, both residential and commercial, has consistently gone up around 2% every year.  Do you feel that this “stability” best serves the city, or should we take another approach? Please be specific as to the impact on city services that your approach would bring. Answer: We all understand that taxes will increase due to several factors such as inflation, wage increases, and costs of products and services.  It is the duty of our city leaders to see to it that our spending is done in an ...

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3 Questions For Jeff Cohen – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Jeff Cohen Answers Our Questions Taxes, Development, and Housing QUESTION 1 – Salems tax rate, both residential and commercial, has consistently gone up around 2% every year.  Do you feel that this “stability” best serves the city, or should we take another approach? Please be specific as to the impact on city services that your approach would bring. Answer: My belief is that we are too dependent on residential property taxes, hence the push to increase development and condo conversion (this will also be a component of answers to questions 2 & 3).  Although the “stability” allows businesses & homeowners ...

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Design Review Board Looks At Design for Old District Court Site

DRB Talks Donuts, Switchgear, and A New Design For District Court By William Legault   The Salem Design Review Board met Wednesday (25 JAN) night at the City Hall Annex to review portions of three separate projects taking place in the downtown Salem district.  Six of the seven board members were present with Paul Durand being the only absence. The first project to appear before the board was Honey Dew Donuts at 99 Washington Street seeking approval for street signage on the facade of their business space.  After some discussion on the “crowded feel” of the proposed design and further ...

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Seventeen Community Preservation Projects Deemed Eligible

CPC Committee Also Denies Three Proposals By William Legault   The Salem Community Preservation Committee met tonight at 120 Washington Street to decide on the eligibility of twenty different applicants.  Each of the applicants is asking for Community Preservation Account (CPA) funding for their projects. Six of the nine committee members were present for this meeting.  Chairman Kevin Cornacchio, Bart Hoskins, Jo Anne McCrea, Leslie Tuttle, Tim Shea, and John Boris constituted the required quorum.  Absent were Mickey Northcutt, Ed Morarity Jr., and Matthew Veno. This meeting was held to determine eligibility for funding.   Meetings held on a later ...

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State Of The City Address 2017

Mayor Kim Driscoll –  2017 State Of The City Address Thursday, January 5 in the City Council Chamber at Salem City Hall   “I’m as excited and optimistic as I was 11 years ago, about our future and pledge to continue providing services based on professionalism, not politics, by bringing both hard work and creativity to the job every day, and working to instill values of inclusiveness and openness in all that we do.”   SALEM, MA – In her twelfth annual address on the state of the City, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll offered an optimistic speech that reflected on ...

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Council OK’s Purchase of Carnival Lot

Ryan Vote Carries The Day Lovely, Milo, Sargent Oppose Purchase By William Legault         The Salem City Council, after more than an hour of deliberation have approved a $1.4 Million bond for the eminent domain purchase of the “Carnival” Lot at 289 Derby Street. The vote in favor was 8-3, with eight votes being the minimum needed to authorize the purchase. Voting in opposition were Ward 3 Councilor Steven Lovely, Councillor at-Large Elaine Milo, and Councilor at-Large Arthur Sargent. The council also approved the use of $100,000 in CPA funds to be used to pay for designing ...

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Route 107 Corridor Meeting Draws A Crowd

Residents Have Their Say On The Preliminary Study Zig-Zag at Marlborough Road Does Not Impress By William Legault   An estimated crowd of 200 concerned Salem residents, along with a few out of town citizens attended a meeting conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation detailing the preliminary plans for improvements to the Route 107 Corridor or Highland Avenue as it is more commonly called. This preliminary plans were developed by MassDOT in conjunction with a working group comprised of local elected officials, appointed board members, and business representatives. A sparse attendance of elected officials included Senator Joan Lovely, Representative ...

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Eppley Asks For $1 Million In Additional Road Repair Funding

Additional Funds Approved, New City Hall Annex Proposal Moves Forward Three New Firefighters Sworn in By William Legault   a   Tonight during the regular City Council meeting, Councillor David Eppley, the Chairman of the Committee on Administration & Finance asked that the body approve an additional $1 Million dollars in spending for road and sidewalk repair. This was approved unanimously. Earlier in the public commentary meeting Teasie Riley-Goggin, who often lectures the City Council on their fiscal responsibilities, took them to task for their failure to purchase the monitoring software to compliment the city purchase of “smart” water meters ...

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