It doesn't look like there's a lot yet to count. So it would be surprising to see the results reverse.
Polk County has some votes as well, but it's also hard to see them bucking the trend.
We'll see how quickly the media call it.
Polk County at 8pm:
It looks like they're reporting 100% votes counted.
As of 9:28, the Statesman is calling it as well. From the piece:
Dan Clem, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce CEO, expressed gratitude to voters for rejecting the proposed tax.Validation? The only validation is that the election results validated the Chamber's effectiveness - not the Chamber's truthfulness or accuracy.
“We want to thank everyone who voted to protect small businesses… the results validate the position that future support of Cherriots’ needs should come from a different source than a payroll tax,” Clem said.
But there were other factors, surely:
- Residual suspicion of Cherriots over the Courthouse fiasco.
- Proximity to the September route and schedule overhaul, which at best was "change" and at worst a disruption for some users of transit.
- A short ballot in an off-year, with few issues to attract a broad range of folks.
Ugh. This is why we can't have nice things....