Sunday, February 22, 2009

Last Call for Salem Budget Input; Commuter Rail to Salem

As is inescapable right now, all governments are in a budget crunch. The City of Salem is no different.

The City has been conducting "Community Budget Conversations" in which they solicit comments on what services and amenities are most important to residents.

The final conversation will be Tuesday, February 24th, 6pm, at McKay High School Commons. If you cannot make the meeting, you can also take a survey.

Information on the conversations is available here. You can go directly to the survey here. Be sure to mention support for bicycling!

[update - Portland Bureau of Transportation just released their proposed budget numbers - and bikes get whacked! So if it can happen in Platinum Portland, it's all the more likely to happen elsewhere. Make sure the City knows: Bikes belong!]

There's nothing on Monday's City Council Agenda that directly affects bicycles. The Legislative Committee, however, this week recommends that the City make House Bill 2408 a "high priority." HB 2408 would create a "Task Force on Extending Washington County Commuter Rail to Salem." How great would that be?

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