at the May board meeting of Cherriots
Director Krebs moved that the General Manager prepare a payroll tax ballot measure for the November 2015 election based on . 21% of payroll, for review by the Board and other public officials having jurisdiction over the ballot measure prior to the deadline for placing on the ballot.This is not surprising as the general public shows more interest in a payroll tax - which lots of other cities and regions use and is regarded as an important business investment in employee mobility, employee recruitment, and employee retention, not as a jobs-killing, anti-business tax - than in yet another property tax.
But somewhat surprising are notes on the South Salem Transit Center and a potential rebranding effort.
On the board agenda is a change order for work on the South Salem Transit Center, and one interesting detail is that there will be no public restrooms. I guess you use the Walmart facilities?
The Keizer Station one does have public bathrooms, and maybe they present operational difficulties or the added plumbing and sewer expense is too great, but it would be disappointing to see lots of fancy landscaping and surface water management without commensurate facilities for human wastewater management.
|The Swale at Keizer Transit Center|
|Not branded with "Cherriots"!|
Salem-Keizer Transit also does CARTS
Did you know Cherriots was thinking about rebranding?
I guess the issue is services like CARTS do not participate in the Cherriots brand or link visually to it and so some have suggested that all services should participate in one brand.
The Board seems to be leaning towards the idea that there's still lots of brand equity and history in "Cherriots" and so maybe we'll just see a brand or graphics refresh rather than full-on rebranding. Maybe CARTS will get a name change, too.
The Salem Area Mass Transit District Board of Directors meets Thursday, June 25th, at 6:30pm, in Courthouse Square, the Senator Hearing Room, 555 Court St NE.
There will also be a going-away reception for the two outgoing board members at 6pm.